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Poor old Britain

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 06 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:915
  1. Tony Smith

    I cannot be alone in being angered by the response of the Department of Health to the recent reports of the problems of the NHS—patients spending many hours lying on trolleys in accident and emergency departments, too few beds in intensive care units, and patients being transferred from one hospital to another in desperate attempts to find an appropriate bed. To all these scandals the department's response is to claim that spending on the NHS is higher than ever before and that it has risen in real terms year by year.

    Of course expenditure on the NHS has gone up as the economy has …

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