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Profit is not a dirty word

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 08 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5376
  1. Kinesh Patel, junior doctor, London
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My cousin is a dentist, a good dentist. When you enter his surgery the first thing you see is a fish tank, seamlessly embedded into a dividing wall. He had it installed shortly after buying the surgery. It adds an air of calm to the often tense atmosphere of a dentist’s waiting room.

Nowadays, a mere three years later, he often looks at it wistfully. “I wish I had put in a bigger one,” he says. It has been a great success. NHS patients have flocked to the practice. My cousin cannot cope …

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