Absence of data fuels “foreign scroungers” mentality

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7019.1567b (Published 09 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1567
  1. Raymond K Akwayena
  1. Senior house officer Department of Surgery, South Cleveland Hospital, Middlesbrough TS4 3BW

    EDITOR,--The obvious answer to the question posed by Charles Tannock and Trevor Turner at the end of their letter1 is, “No, the NHS cannot afford to treat mentally ill people not ordinarily resident in Britain.” When such issues are discussed, however, it is important that accurate figures are produced to back all claims. Anecdotal evidence and phrases like “a considerable number” or “many others” without accompanying statistics are …

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