Medicine And Books

Who Should We Treat? Law, Patients and Resources in the NHS

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 20 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1046
  1. Liam J Donaldson

    Christopher Newdick Oxford University Press, £15.99, pp 323 ISBN 0 19 825925 55

    In Britain, the task of assessing populations' health needs and deciding what should be the priorities for spending money to meet them became formalised through the reforms to the National Health Service of 1990. When hospitals no longer had automatic entitlement to funds but received them only after the deliberations of local health authorities and fundholding general practices, a debate about rationing became inevitable. Over the past few years, certain treatments (for example, removal of …

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