Rights involve responsibilities for patients

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7288.730 (Published 24 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:730
  1. Richard Doll, honorary member,
  2. Richard Peto, professor of medical statistics and epidemiology
  1. Clinical Trial Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford OX2 6HE

    EDITOR—In the United Kingdom every citizen has the right to medical care. No longer limited to palliation, this care has become increasingly curative and even preventive as a result of the increase in knowledge that has accumulated from experience of the conditions that gave rise to its need. Rights, however, do not exist in a void and their …

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