Lottery of NHS funding is inappropriate

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7296.1244 (Published 19 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1244
  1. R James, basic surgical trainee,
  2. S Chintapatla, specialist surgical registrar,
  3. P Sykes, consultant surgeon (Peter.Sykes@traffdhc-tr.nwest.nhs.uk)
  1. Department of Surgery, Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust, Manchester M41 5SL

    EDITOR—From time to time, additional funds are made available to the NHS—for example, for cancer care or for new chest pain clinics. The distribution of these funds lacks openness, lacks accountability, and does not give good value for money.

    When extra cash is made available, bids are invited within a tight time frame, which at times seems to be driven more by media pressure and political expediency than by local health needs. Typically, trusts …

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