Personal Views

There must be cost effective private health care

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7065.1152a (Published 02 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1152
  1. Colin M Barron

    “Take me to Colin's hospital,” said my dying father as he lay slumped on the couch. My mother wiped the tears from her eyes and telephoned me immediately. In fact the “hospital” was a private nursing home which I ran with my business partner, but “hospital” was the best word my sick father could find as he struggled to cope with dementia.

    Four months later he was dead. I could not sleep the night he died; some hours before he died I saw him and just knew that I would never see him again. Early next morning I got the telephone call and instantly felt relieved that my father's suffering was over. Three days later I spoke at his funeral and payed tribute to his many personal qualities. Like my mother, sister, and uncle he was a doctor; a former general practitioner in Greenock and Port Glasgow. I too had followed in his footsteps and studied medicine.

    After a few years as a hospital doctor …

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