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Patients, Power and Politics: From Patients to Citizens

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7212.789 (Published 18 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:789
  1. Stephanie Ellis, chair of Camden Community Health Council
  1. London

    Christine Hogg


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    Sage, £16.99, pp 219

    ISBN 0 7619 5878 9

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    For most of the time for most people, health services are not important, and yet, as Christine Hogg reminds us, “Everyone of us is at some time or another a patient.” This fate is as inevitable as death and taxes, and, like their attitude to these other eternal verities, people often feel powerless when confronted by it.

    In the 20 years that I have been involved with campaigning about healthcare issues I have continually had to struggle with …

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