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The new NHS: A medical reply to the minister

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7163.942a (Published 03 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:942

The Minister (July 3, p. 1) sends a pleasant message to the profession on the eve of inaugurating the new Service. He lives on a plane remote from the hard and cruel facts of human suffering. His views are provocative.

When during the past year the Minister and profession have been joined in battle, for him to say that the Act “has not had an altogether trouble-free gestation” is a travesty of truth. Nor is the money factor irrelevant to the doctor-patient relationship, though …

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