Letters Falling through the gaps in care

The health service is more intent on cure than on care

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8353 (Published 20 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8353
  1. John R Hughes, group medical director1
  1. 1Sue Ryder, London WC1H 0AF, UK
  1. john.hughes{at}sueryder.org

Heath makes some excellent points.1 The fundamental problem is that the NHS has not kept pace with the demographic change in society. The needs of vulnerable, usually elderly, patients and those approaching the end of their lives are being sidelined in a health service that is more intent on cure than on care. As Heath states, the gaps through which vulnerable …

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