Forfeiting the right to clinical freedom?

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6934.978a (Published 09 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:978
  1. A Walker
  1. London NW11 7HH.

    EDITOR, - As John Warden highlights,1 the medical profession is worried about the erosion of clinical freedom - and rightly so. In the face of the encroachment of budgetary stringency, closed formularies, higher profile management, and all the other pressures facing the health care system the professional independence of doctors is slowly ebbing away. Many people feel strongly that this is not a good thing. If taken to extremes, the reduction of the healing art …

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