Editor's Choice

Why Britons should be grateful for the NHS

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7465.0-g (Published 02 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:0-g

Defend the independence of the NHS

Jane Smith defends the basic equitableness and decency of the NHS and
many people would agree. To Jane's view that Britons should be grateful
for the NHS should also be added an appeal for the medical profession to
maintain the independence of the NHS.

The ABPI are announcing a framework that will "help the NHS and the
pharmaceutical industry to work In partnership", they say, "to help
patients".

In the light of the complaint made by the Royal College of General
Practitioners about pharmaceutical company disease promotion leading to
over-prescribing of medication, one wonders where a closer partnership
with the industry will lead.

It is not too late for clinicians or anyone with concerns about this
kind of influence to submit an email to the House of Commons Health
Committee Inquiry into the Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry. Just
email the committee at:

healthcommem@parliament.uk

The first oral session takes place today Thursday 9th September but
they are still accepting submissions from the medical profession or anyone
else with evidence for this very important inquiry.

Competing interests:
Chair of APRIL charity (Adverse Psychiatric Reactions Information Link)www.april.org.uk

Competing interests: No competing interests

09 September 2004
Millie Kieve
Chair of APRIL
Abridge RM4 1UA