Policy is mechanism by which decisions might be reached

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7061.883a (Published 05 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:883
  1. D De Takats, Clinical research fellow
  1. Department of Human Metabolism and Clinical Biochemistry, University of Sheffield Medical School, Sheffield S10 2RX

    EDITOR,—The Asbury draft policy on the ethical use of resources, which was developed by a fundholding practice to clarify the ethical basis of decisions, includes a description of a fictional situation concerning rationing.1 In this, only one patient can have lifesaving treatment: either patient A, a brilliant surgeon who saves hundreds of lives a year and is a single parent with three young children, or patient B who is unemployed and without dependants. It seems to me that …

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