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We need to develop scoring systems to determine clinical need

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 05 December 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1594
  1. Nicholas Odom, Consultant cardiothoracic surgeon
  1. Manchester Heart Centre, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester M13 9WL

    EDITOR—I know little about New Zealand and even less about spin doctoring. I wish, however, to dispel some myths about waiting lists that have been quoted as fact in recent letters.1

    Myth 1). “Waiting lists are a form of rationing.” They are not a form of rationing; they are the result of our failure to ration when demand exceeds supply. A waiting list is a backlog, nothing more. If it is regarded as a …

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