Who will be patients' advocate if doctors assume the rationing role?

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7040.1230 (Published 11 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1230
  1. Paquita De Zulueta
  1. Lecturer in general practice St Mary's Hospital Medical School, London W2 1PG

    EDITOR,—The case of child B has important implications for patients seeking expensive potentially lifesaving treatment within the current economic climate.1 The Court of Appeal's decision was disappointing but unsurprising. The master of the rolls made it clear that the courts are not the forum for making decisions on the allocation of resources in health care (no doubt he could envisage the floodgates opening to scores of disappointed patients). What is surprising, however, is that he assumed that the decision making …

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