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bed-blocker
 n.— «“Bed blockers” are patients who had been given acute care in a Metro hospital bed but no longer need that attention. They should be sent to a chronic care hospital but there are no available beds.» —“‘Bed blockers’ blamed for emergency ward crunch” by Donald Grant Globe and Mail (Toronto, Can.) Feb. 18, 1985. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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