Subversion in the provinces

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 30 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1124
  1. Jane Smith


    This week ministers face an acrimonious debate in parliament on London's health care. Health is always a good topic for the Labour party in opposition, and at the moment it's a particularly good issue in London. There are local government elections in early May, and the effects of the Tomlinson report continue to create waves as they work themselves through.

    In the past couple of weeks, for example, there have been rows about the elderly not being treated (not just a London problem and not a new one either); the secretary of state has been challenged in the high court over her proposal to close the accident and emergency department at St Bartholomew's Hospital (the challenge failed, …

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