Deterioration of the NHS

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6946.58 (Published 02 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:58
  1. H Freeman
  1. National Association of Fundholding Practices, London SW20 0TW.

    EDITOR, - Like John D Ward and colleagues, I meet many doctors locally and nationally, most of whom are content with the way the NHS reforms are progressing.1 Perhaps that is why the national press is not filled with letters of complaint about the reforms. The authors' view that fundholding has produced a two tier system and the purchase of cheap care in private hospitals causes me to pose the question, “Is it not those same consultants fearful for their future income who are doing the private work in the private hospitals?”

    The true iniquity is the hypocrisy of those who shout loudly against the reforms but are more than happy to accept fundholders' cash in the private sector. Perhaps that is another reason why the national press is not filled with letters of complaint.


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