Letters Burdensome regulation of the NHS

The Goldilocks problems in regulation

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3778 (Published 12 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3778
  1. Terry Kemple, president
  1. Royal College of General Practitioners, London NW1 2FB, UK
  1. tk{at}elpmek.demon.co.uk

Edwards highlights the quantity of over-regulation in healthcare.1 Although everyone agrees that regulation is necessary, this is just the first “Goldilocks” problem—making sure that it’s not too little or too much. The second Goldilocks problem is getting the quality of the regulation just right.

Another aspect of regulation is that GPs are often …

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