Rationing is now accepted as inevitable by all sides

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 15 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:461
  1. Zosia Kmietowciz
  1. London

    Medical opinion leaders and policy makers have admitted that priority setting will form the future framework of clinical practice in Britain's NHS.

    Priority Setting in the NHS is the first document by a working party set up to look at the issue which brings together representatives of the BMA, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the National Association of Health Authorities and Trusts, and the NHS Executive.

    The report calls on health professionals, the public, and the government to accept the need for setting boundaries of medical treatment and to contribute to the discussion on establishing a prioritised health service.

    The working party behind the report says that there is no distinction between terms …

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