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Cancellation of debt must ensure maximum benefit to vulnerable

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 25 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:849
  1. David Southall, honorary director, Child Advocacy International (
  1. Academic Department of Paediatrics, North Staffs Hospital (City General), Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire ST4 6QG

    EDITOR—It should be difficult for any doctor to ignore Abbasi's recent article on “third world” debt.1 The state of health care available to families in between half and two thirds of the world is unacceptable, and the great differences in quality of health care between rich and poor countries are unethical.2 However, the experiences of our aid agency in trying to develop hospital care …

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