Rationing in the NHS

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7046.1605 (Published 22 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1605

Public does not always favour lifesaving, acute interventions

  1. Sue Hay
  1. Public involvement officer Cambridge and Huntingdon Health Authority, Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge CB1 5EF

    EDITOR,—I recently ran a series of seven focus groups on rationing and prioritising in the NHS, which were attended by members of the general public in the Cambridge and Huntingdon area. The results provide an interesting contrast to those of previous studies, including that by Ann Bowling,1 which have consistently indicated that the highest priority is attached to lifesaving, acute interventions. I found that more investment in services for mentally …

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