A state run healthcare system is still relevant today, debate decides

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 01 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:978
  1. Tessa Richards
  1. 1BMJ

A debate to consider whether the NHS still meets the needs of the population 60 years after it was established decided that it still does. In fact the proportion of the audience who thought it was still a suitable system today rose by seven percentage points during the course of the debate.

The debate was organised by Capse Health Knowledge Systems, a private company that measures the performance of UK hospitals, and was held at the Tate Britain art gallery, in front of an invited audience of around 160 hospital managers, academics, healthcare economists, clinicians, and journalists.

The wording of the motion was “This house believes that a state run healthcare system can no longer meet the needs of the population and that greater competition will improve the quality of care and secure its future.”

The case for the motion was put by Nick Bosanquet, professor …

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