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Report suggests that NHS is unsustainable in present form

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 25 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:801
  1. Annabel Ferriman
  1. BMJ

    A new report that questions the sustainability of the NHS in its present form was published last week by the Nuffield Trust and Cambridge University's Judge Institute of Management Studies.

    The report, which is the distillation of 10 specially commissioned technical papers, predicts that the NHS will have to levy higher charges on users and increase the rationing of services in future.

    Rationing could take two forms: certain treatments may be restricted to certain categories of patients (just as sildenafil is restricted to patients with specified conditions) and whole services may be excluded from …

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