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Real-time priority scoring system must be used for prioritisation on waiting lists

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 19 June 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1699
  1. B Davis, Consultant otorhinolaryngologist,
  2. S R Johnson, Consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon
  1. West Wales General Hospital, Carmarthen SE31 2AF

    EDITOR—We would like to contribute to the debate in the BMJabout the role of prioritisation scoring systems13 and respond to the BMA's recent discussion paper on this subject (which briefly mentions our work for a project initiated by the Welsh Office).4

    Weale dismisses the possibility of providing an infinite variety of treatments to an infinite number of patients from finite resources.5 To channel the limited resources effectively, we have argued that the introduction of …

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