Unlimited consumer demand would destroy NHS

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7298.1369/a (Published 02 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1369
  1. Jim Wardrope, consultant (jimwardrope@hotmail.com)
  1. Department of Accident and Emergency Medicine, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield S5 7AU

    EDITOR—Dixon has written an editorial on the latest review of healthcare funding.1 Like many, I fear for the future of the NHS. If it is to have any future then some hard political decisions have to be made. The NHS was founded on the principle of “the greatest good for the greatest number.” This has served the United Kingdom well, and many countries have been envious of our system. But society has changed, and now the expectation is “the best possible care …

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