Needs are never demands

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6985.1006c (Published 15 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1006
  1. David Wheldon
  1. Honorary consultant microbiologist Bedford Hospital, Bedford MK42 9DJ

    EDITOR,—In the first paragraph of their article in the series on management for doctors John Stuart and colleagues refer to “the multiple demands of an increasingly aging population.”1 From this single line one may guess the nature of the article. The phrase is pejorative and redolent of those ideas taken for granted in a selfish political age. The word “demands” is used when the less loaded word “needs” is more …

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