Same shortcomings of NHS have existed for years

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7340.792 (Published 30 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:792

EDITOR—Smith et al's editorial comments on the current problems of the NHS.1 They mention several shortcomings that I and many colleagues have wearied of highlighting to governments: decades of massive underinvestment and serious shortages of acute and intensive care beds and of general practitioners, consultants, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.

In a debate on the NHS in the House of Lords in November …

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