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This is a point well made. As usual, it takes the erudite to state the obvious.
However, it also a point lost, as it is unlikely that this or similar messages ever reach beyond the 'converted' who read the BMJ and other medical weeklies.
Despite an enviable persistance of popular support, the medical profession remains weak in transmitting its arguements to the public or bringing any pressure on a government committed to employing short-sighted self-seeking policies without accountability or reference to the experience of professionals delivering healthcare at coal-face of the NHS.
Until the BMA can redouble its efforts in this respect we will continue to chase a reactive, not a proactive
agenda and the long term welfare of the NHS will continue to be threatened.