News Extra [these Stories Appear Only On The Web] BMA annual representative meeting

NHS targets are distorting clinical need

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 10 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:72
  1. Linda Beecham
  1. BMJ

    Doctors believe that most of the targets imposed by the Department of Health do not benefit patients and are damaging relations between doctors and managers, between doctors and patients, and between GPs and hospital doctors.

    There was overwhelming support for a motion that said that the auditing of waiting times in emergency departments and the four hour target had a negative effect on the care of patients, and the meeting called on the BMA to lobby the government to change the system.

    Dr Emma Bywaters, who works in accident and emergency medicine, told the meeting that although she did not like patients having to wait …

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