Britain could still have a comprehensive NHS without rationing

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7056.557a (Published 31 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:557
  1. Kate Mackay, Consultant in public health medicine Radlett
  1. Hertfordshire WD7 8HP

    EDITOR,—I find it difficult to agree with Richard Smith in his editorial on rationing health care.1 To assert that some form of rationing or “denial of potentially beneficial treatment” has always been present in the NHS is surely not a justification for its existence.

    There is a quantitative and qualitative difference between having to wait 4-6 months for a hernia repair and waiting 12-24 months. When it becomes impossible to find a bed for an emergency admission and patients …

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