Letters Monitor’s use of licensing powers

Authors’ reply to Dorsett

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6833 (Published 18 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6833
  1. Peter Roderick, barrister and senior research fellow1,
  2. Allyson M Pollock, professor1
  1. 1Global Health, Policy and Innovation Unit, Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, Queen Mary University of London, London E1 2AB, UK
  1. a.pollock{at}qmul.ac.uk

Dorsett’s dismissive tone is counterproductive, while his reasoning is both revealing and unconvincing.1 2

He writes that “Monitor’s role is to protect those services that commissioners designate as hard to replace.” This illustrates the central problem. It is not hard to replace only services that are important but all the services that currently must be provided. The first category is a subset of the second, and …

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