Letter

Rationing in response to NHS deficits: rural patients are likely to be affected most

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7530.1472 (Published 15 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1472
  1. Sheena Asthana, professor of health policy (sasthana@plymouth.ac.uk)1,
  2. Alex Gibson, innovation and research fellow2
  1. 1 School of Sociology, Politics and Law, University of Plymouth, Plymouth PL4 8AA
  2. 2 Faculty of Health and Social Work, University of Plymouth

    EDITOR—News that pressing financial problems have caused NHS trusts in Suffolk to set new “thresholds” to treatments such as joint replacements reinforces concerns raised by a recent BMA survey of medical directors of trusts in which over a third of respondents anticipated reductions of key services in response to funding shortfalls.1 2 What has hitherto escaped comment is how cuts in services are far more likely …

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