[Tagging] Deprecate healthcare=centre

Mateusz Konieczny matkoniecz at tutanota.com
Thu Jan 14 11:19:24 UTC 2021

Jan 14, 2021, 12:09 by pla16021 at gmail.com:

> On Thu, 14 Jan 2021 at 07:16, Joseph Eisenberg <> joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com> > wrote:
>> So it sounds like there is no opposition to my original request: That we discourage the use of healthcare=centre, since it does not have any particular meaning (beyond "a healthcare facility of any kind"), and encourage mappers to use more specific tags like hospital/clinic/doctors/dentist/laboratory/etc.
> I thought I had already responded, but perhaps not clearly enough.
> In England and Wales (and, for all I know, Scotland and Northern Ireland
> too) "cottage hospitals" (small hospitals with a minor injuries unit but not
> an A&E, some beds) are being replaced by "integrated care centres"
> (like a cottage hospital but often does not have beds).  Because these 
> often do not have beds, people do not think of them as hospitals
> and health boards do not call them hospitals.
> See > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_care>  for general principles.
> See > https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/part-rel/transformation-fund/
> for government management-speak.  And see
> https://www.nationalhealthexecutive.com/Comment/creating-the-cardigan-integrated-care-centre
> for my local "I can't believe it's not a hospital" (actually, I can believe
> it's not a hospital, because it's not a hospital).
> Either we use healthcare=hospital for integrated care centres (which I
> am reluctant to do, because they're not hospitals as most people
> think of the term), or we call them clinics which have several sub-clinics,
> or we come up with something else, like healthcare=centre.
Maybe new tag is needed, but using healthcare=centre is a bad idea as
it is already burned - used on large scale for both hospitals, clinics and
tiny locations.
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