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The emperor's new clothes

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 26 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:603
  1. D Keeley

    ITV World in action : “A Peculiar Practice” 13 February

    In the story of the emperor's new clothes everyone thinks that the emperor's clothes are wonderful, except for the small boy who can see that he is naked. In the story of general practice fundholding and the government's claims that the system remains fair, everyone can see that the emperor is naked except for the Minister for Health, Dr Brian Mawhinney, who thinks that he has his clothes on.

    World in Action did not attempt a detailed consideration of the advantages and disadvantages of fundholding. The sole aim of the broadcast was to investigate whether or not fundholding has led to a two tier system with better access for …

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