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Waiting time for cardiac surgery in Scotland is relatively short

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 22 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1147
  1. Georgios Liratsopulos, specialist registrar in public health medicine (
  1. Department of Public Health, Wigan and Bolton Health Authority, Wigan WN1 1AH

    EDITOR—According to the results of Pell et al's study,1 the main reason why patients from lower socioeconomic groups are disadvantaged is because their cases are characterised as urgent less frequently than are those of affluent patients. Theoretically this effect is maximised the longer the waiting time; when waiting …

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