Priority setting is misunderstood and simplified

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6985.1011c (Published 15 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1011
  1. Tom Marshall
  1. Registrar in public health medicine Kings Sutton, Near Banbury OX17 3PG

    EDITOR,—I cannot let Allyson M Pollock's review of Priority Setting Processes for Healthcare go unchallenged.1 She has used the opportunity to make several absurd statements about prioritisation.

    Firstly, priority setting is not simply an agenda of the new right: it is ridiculous to characterise the authors as belonging to this. Labelling them in this way is simply a device to avoid addressing their arguments.

    Secondly, rationing will …

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