News BMA annual representative meeting, Torquay, 25 June to 29 June

Choice for patients can worsen quality of care

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39258.618889.DB (Published 28 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1343
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. Torquay

    There is no evidence that giving patients the ability to choose where they are treated improves the quality of care, a survey on the Department of Health's own website showed.

    An emphasis on choice could also increase inequality by favouring the more affluent and more articulate patients, BMA representatives heard at their annual meeting this week.

    Terry John, from Waltham Forest, told the audience …

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