Reviews Soundings

Spend, spend, spend

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7569.661-a (Published 21 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:661
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner
  1. Crossmaglen, County Armagh

    Like every family doctor I have many patients on long waiting lists, some with major pain and disability that could be rectified by prompt intervention. Even if we don't like it we can understand why this situation exists.

    We know that the health service can't do everything—the sick will always be with us, people are living longer than ever before, new and expensive diagnostic tests and treatments are constantly coming on stream, …

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