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Setting priorities for surgical waiting lists

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 23 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:811
  1. J A Lack,
  2. N G Armand Smith
  1. Director of resource management Salisbury District Hospital, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP2 8BJ
  2. Consultant public health physician Health Commission for Wiltshire and Bath, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 5EQ

    EDITOR,--The House of Commons health committee's report Priority Setting in the NHS: Purchasing recommends the refinement of targets for waiting times.1 Now that the worst excesses of waiting have been removed in most areas the time has come to think more deeply about measures of need for surgery.

    Waiting lists have been discussed by Culyer and Cullis.2 We have ordered waiting …

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