NHS hampers patient empowerment, says professor

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 12 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1286

The NHS is hampering doctors' ability to deliver the best service to patients, according to Richard Baker, professor of Leicester University's Department of Health Sciences and a former GP.

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Top row: Harry Cayton, Annie Stephenson, Lynn Young. Middle row: Richard Baker, Reg McLaughlin, Richard Hannaford. Bottom row: Sue Lowson, Malcolm Alexander

“[The NHS] is really there to control demand,” he said. “The way it is designed, we have waiting lists to see the …

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