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BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7100.125 (Published 12 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:125

On 14 June we published, as an article, a letter that Peter Richards and Michael Gumpel sent to Frank Dobson, the new secretary of state for health. Here we publish the reply from the NHS Executive and Richards and Gumpel's response.

Reply from the NHS Executive

  1. Tony Bennett, Business manager, briefing and parliamentary unita
  1. a NHS Executive (North Thames), Department of Health, London W2 3QR
  2. b Northwick Park and St Mark's NHS Trust, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 3UJ

    Dear Professor Richards and Dr Gumpel,

    Thank you for your letter to the secretary of state concerning difficulties in acute hospital services.1 I have been asked to reply.

    The government readily acknowledges the pressures in the system, which are caused by very tight financial controls and increasing demand on hospitals from urgent and emergency cases. In dealing with this your letter does, as …

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