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Minister counters royal college claims about NHS allergy services

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7457.72-b (Published 08 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:72
  1. Bruno Rushforth
  1. BMJ

    The NHS is “coping” with allergy control, the health minister Dr Stephen Ladyman told a recent meeting of the health select committee, despite evidence to the same committee from the Royal College of Physicians suggesting that services were “totally inadequate.”

    Dr Ladyman, under-secretary of state at the Department of Health, defended the current approach to the provision of allergy services, saying: “On the evidence we have the service is coping.”

    But he acknowledged the constant drive to improve services: “The NHS needs to keep pace with both the change in medical knowledge and change in prevalence [of …

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