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Physicians clarify their proposal for a National Council for Health Care Priorities

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7046.1604b (Published 22 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1604
  1. Leslie Turnberg,
  2. Maurice Lessof,
  3. Peter Watkins
  1. President Chairman of working party on priorities in health care Honorary secretary of working party on priorities in health care Royal College of Physicians, London NW1 4LE

    EDITOR,—The main challenge facing the NHS is the need to maintain the expected standards of care while at the same time containing costs. Priorities must therefore be selected, and it will be vital to have the public's support and understanding if this is to be done fairly. The Royal College of Physicians' proposal for a National Council for Health Care Priorities has received much support but also some criticism, on the mistaken grounds that a national council would interfere with local decision making. This confusion may have arisen because of the different ways in which national councils operate in other countries. We would therefore like to clarify the …

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