The big difference

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 31 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:501
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary health care
  1. University College, London

    I recently spent five days in a private hospital, where I had a routine operation. A few days later, for reasons with which I won't bore you, I was admitted to an NHS hospital, where I had another operation. This was hardly a randomised controlled trial, but it did make for some interesting comparisons.

    In terms of creature comforts, the private hospital won hands down. My room had a plush carpet, an en suite bathroom, and a wide screen television with …

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