Markets will never workBMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1731 (Published 30 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1731
- David Barer, consultant and professor in stroke medicine1
- 1Gateshead, Tyne and Wear NE9 6SX
Gubb would promote choice and “efficiency” in the NHS by increasing “market concentration,”1 yet in a system starved of resources for so long, many patients would prefer to be spared the choice.
The most obvious drawbacks of introducing a competitive market into the NHS are:
The obscene spectacle of a rich country overproviding—and then presumably culling—services and …