are the provenance of the Universities and government resources should not be spent in this way. So often these so called 'reports'are cooked up by parties with an axe to grind and are taken out of context of the general document.
As for hospital bed reduction This is an old one - and whilst some old style hospital/Health authority may still exist with massive Victorian piles with beds for 1000's the trend is to reduce hospital incarceration.
For example- This area had 3 general hospitals with a possible total of 1000+ beds. The new PFI 'wonder' came along with but 400 and the old establishments were demolished. The cry went up [10 years ago this was] not enough- will be sleeping in the corridors. But it did not happen Why? Advances in medical technology that's why. In days past an abdominal procedure [lets say hernia or appendectomy] would mean theatre time then days perhaps a week in bed. Not now Take my case, an abdominal rummage went like this. Report to hospital 8 am In theatre by 9am Recovery by 11am Collected by daughter 1 pm To local health centre for dressing check and removal 4 days later.. But things can go awry- my late wife broke her wrist. Set and plastered in the normal day in EU -an inspection letter deduced that a reset was needed in theatre under general anesthesia- called in.- starved- prepped ready to go - cancelled- several times over coming days- and she was kept in awaiting a slot- The reason - Hospital sits in the middle of M25/A2/M20 junctions- constant stream of motorway scrapings requiring immediate attention- put non urgent cases back- eventually a very apologetic lead surgeon got it done- at 3am on about the fourth day. Beds or lack thereof cannot account for that.
do an excellent job, and they've been responsible for many economies and improvements in society.
The problem is that lots of people only have to hear the words 'think tank' and they knee jerk a negative reaction. Better to have a group of clear thinking, objective people looking at a situation than lots of individuals, all with a personal agenda, going their own unstructured ways.