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- Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
I am going to give this 110%. Sporting analogies are everywhere, for sport is a microcosm of life itself. Sport incorporates important themes like the team over the individual, obeying rules, the threat of sanctions, persistence, endurance, pride, effort, structure, hierarchy, and—all important—the need to meet defeat and victory with equal measure. Perhaps these crude analogies are legitimate and we should view the NHS as just another big team game.
Let's work this sporting analogy further. The NHS is at risk of becoming American football: teams within …