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Consistency in anaesthetic care

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7420.931 (Published 16 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:931

European practice may not be relevant to the United Kingdom

  1. Umakanth Panchagula, specialist registrar anaesthesia,
  2. Oliver Dearlove, consultant anaesthetist (dearlove@man.ac.uk)
  1. Department of Anaesthesia, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Manchester M27 4HA
  2. Department of Anaesthesia, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Manchester M27 4HA

    EDITOR–Simini and Bertolini describe European practice that may not be relevant to the United Kingdom.1 For example, in the Netherlands doctors (internists) are under economic pressure to assess patients independently, in that they can charge the ziekenfonds (insurance company). In Groningen, although it was uncommon for the assessing anaesthetist to go on to …

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