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A big week

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 30 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:a

This is no average week. Three big events have got us excited at the BMJ.

Firstly, the British government has fired the starting pistol on the rationing debate (p 279). The BMJ may have been debating rationing for 15 years, but no British government until now has admitted its inevitability and made a beginning on the difficult job of deciding how to do it. Alan Johnson, the surgeon chairman of the committee that advised the government, applauds Frank Dobson, Secretary of State for Health, for having a …

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