Letters NHS and ethical goods

Cost of single use instruments

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3533 (Published 07 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3533
  1. Caroline K Archer, general practitioner1
  1. 1Heatherbrook Surgery, Leicester LE4 1EF, UK
  1. pancarcher{at}hotmail.com

Wise’s article highlights the ethical concerns of using cheap (often child) labour to keep the cost of single use instruments low.1 But should we be using these instruments? The pressure from primary care trusts to change to disposable items has been real, and the policy is being extended …

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