§ Dr. Owen
There are no nationally accepted criteria for admission to geriatric beds. It is, therefore, not possible to estimate centrally the numbers of patients who should be, at any given time, in the care of geriatric physicians rather than consultants in other specialties. It is, however, my Department's policy to expand the number of acute geriatric units in general hospitals. This is to ensure that patients in geriatric departments requiring acute care benefit from the full range of general hospital diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation facilities.