Policy is mechanism by which decisions might be reachedBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7061.883a (Published 05 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:883
- D De Takats, Clinical research fellow
- Department of Human Metabolism and Clinical Biochemistry, University of Sheffield Medical School, Sheffield S10 2RX
EDITOR,—The Asbury draft policy on the ethical use of resources, which was developed by a fundholding practice to clarify the ethical basis of decisions, includes a description of a fictional situation concerning rationing.1 In this, only one patient can have lifesaving treatment: either patient A, a brilliant surgeon who saves hundreds of lives a year and is a single parent with three young children, or patient B who is unemployed and without dependants. It seems to me that …
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