Letters Equity and NHS reforms

Waiting times are poor marker for equity

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4066 (Published 05 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4066
  1. Srinivasa V Katikireddi, specialty registrar in public health medicine1
  1. 1Lothian NHS Board, Deaconess House, Edinburgh EH8 9RS
  1. vkatikireddi{at}yahoo.co.uk

    Cooper and colleagues determined changes in waiting times for key elective surgical procedures and how these changes were distributed across socioeconomic groups as a result of NHS reforms.1 They conclude that the later stages of NHS reforms, including patient choice, provider competition, and expanded capacity, did not harm equity. …

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