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The Care Hospital attracts a high number of patients with mental illness who need special care. The doctors at the hospital, however, cannot provide enough time for every patient unless the doctor staff is increased by more than twenty percent. Drastically increasing the doctor staff is not a practical solution, given that the city has dearth of medical professionals. Another alternative is to train the nurses on many of the tasks that previously only the doctor undertook. This approach will however, not completely solve the problem. It is thus clear that the high quality of care the hospital currently provides may not be maintained for a long time.

Which one of the following can be properly inferred from the passage?

A. The quality of service provided by the Care Hospital will certainly decline over the next few months.
B. The training program for nurses will have to be comprehensive so the nurses can undertake all the tasks that only doctors undertook previously.
C. If recruiting doctors from other hospitals as visiting doctors were possible, it could potentially help the hospital maintain its high quality of care.
D. The declining quality of care at the hospital will reduce its patient intake which will solve the problem on its own.
E. Allowing doctors to spend less time per patient will help the hospital maintain the quality of care.


I am not sure why the answer is what it is. For inference questions, it is required that one operates within the parameters of what has been provided within the sentence and the answer seems to suggesting something completely new.
Kindly support your answer with explanations!
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can somebody explain why C is answer..?.. I marked D
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The answer is C.
A. The quality of service provided by the Care Hospital will certainly decline over the next few months.

This is hard to infer. The relative passage is: "It is thus clear that the high quality of care the hospital currently provides may not be maintained for a long time". This suggests that the quality of care is not sustainable in the long-term, but "certainly decline over the next few months" suggest a decline in the quality in the short-term.

B. The training program for nurses will have to be comprehensive so the nurses can undertake all the tasks that only doctors undertook previously.

This is again incorrect. The relative passage is: "Another alternative is to train the nurses on many of the tasks that previously only the doctor undertook". Nothing in this passage suggests that the tasks doctors previously undertook requires comprehensive training. All we know is that there are tasks that only doctors previously conducted - this could be something as simple as applying a band-aid to conducting brain-surgery. Hard to comment on the rigour of training required.

C. If recruiting doctors from other hospitals as visiting doctors were possible, it could potentially help the hospital maintain its high quality of care.

This is the correct answer. The relative passages are:
"The doctors at the hospital, however, cannot provide enough time for every patient unless the doctor staff is increased by more than twenty percent. " and
"Drastically increasing the doctor staff is not a practical solution, given that the city has dearth of medical professionals. Another alternative is to train the nurses on many of the tasks that previously only the doctor undertook. This approach will however, not completely solve the problem".
Clearly the problem is two-fold: firstly, lack of local doctors to recruit as well as a lack of employed doctors at the hospital, and secondly, even if nurses are re-trained, this doesn't completely solve the problem. This answer suggests if they hire visiting doctors - it could potentially solve the problem. This is logical conclusion, because the problem is clearly a lack of doctors in the hospital.


D. The declining quality of care at the hospital will reduce its patient intake which will solve the problem on its own.

This is hard to infer. The underlying assumption would be that once the quality of care declines, hospitals will turn away patients. Why would that be the case? If the hospital is reputable for excellent service, with a 9.8/10 average rating, and that declines to 8/10, 7/10 ... at which point would the hospital turn away patients? We also do not know how much the service is expected to decline. All we know is that the quality is expected to decline - this does not necessarily mean the capacity of patients is at full.

E. Allowing doctors to spend less time per patient will help the hospital maintain the quality of care.

This doesn't make sense. The question implies in the first and last sentence that a lack of time spent with patients leads to a lack of quality. This answer suggests otherwise.

Hope that makes sense.
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[quote="ashikaverma13"]The Care Hospital attracts a high number of patients with mental illness who need special care. The doctors at the hospital, however, cannot provide enough time for every patient unless the doctor staff is increased by more than twenty percent. Drastically increasing the doctor staff is not a practical solution, given that the city has dearth of medical professionals. Another alternative is to train the nurses on many of the tasks that previously only the doctor undertook. This approach will however, not completely solve the problem. It is thus clear that the high quality of care the hospital currently provides may not be maintained for a long time.

Which one of the following can be properly inferred from the passage?


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A. The quality of service provided by the Care Hospital will certainly decline over the next few months. -Incorrect
We don't know whether the quality will CERTAINLY decline or not. We have information that it May Not be maintained. Even if it does, "Next Few Months" is very specific. Why not 4 months/1 year or 4 years
B. The training program for nurses will have to be comprehensive so the nurses can undertake all the tasks that only doctors undertook previously. - Incorrect
We dont know the current knowledge gap between the doctors and the nurses. It may be possible that the nurses are almost equally competent and just need some basic training
C. If recruiting doctors from other hospitals as visiting doctors were possible, it could potentially help the hospital maintain its high quality of care. - Looks Good
Not an extreme statement.
D. The declining quality of care at the hospital will reduce its patient intake which will solve the problem on its own.-Incorrect
May not be true. Maybe it is the only hospital in the city. Even after the degraded quality of care it is still way better than the other hospitals
E. Allowing doctors to spend less time per patient will help the hospital maintain the quality of care. --- Incorrect
How much less is enough? we don't know that.
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New post 26 Dec 2017, 15:03
In my case, IMO is C
I was confused between A and C. Here is my thinking.

A. The quality of service provided by the Care Hospital will certainly decline over the next few months.
-> 'certainly decline over the next few months.'
We cannot assure that within few months, the quality of service would be declined.
It is possible or not.
B. The training program for nurses will have to be comprehensive so the nurses can undertake all the tasks that only doctors undertook previously.
-> 'This approach(training the nurses) will however, not completely solve the problem.'
B refutes the contents of the passage.
C. If recruiting doctors from other hospitals as visiting doctors were possible, it could potentially help the hospital maintain its high quality of care.
-> correct.
'unless the doctor staff is increased' : C said 'doctor staff is increased.'
D. The declining quality of care at the hospital will reduce its patient intake which will solve the problem on its own.
-> Out of scope
It is hard to know. There is no mention about patient intake.
E. Allowing doctors to spend less time per patient will help the hospital maintain the quality of care.
-> Problem comes from what doctors cannot provide enough time for every patient.
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