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Holding Health Care Accountable: Law and the New Medical Marketplace

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 15 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1433
  1. John Murphy, senior lecturer in law
  1. University of Manchester

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    E Haavi Morreim

    Oxford University Press, £39.50, pp 320

    ISBN 0 19 514132 6

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    This book provides a most informative guide to how drastic funding cuts have affected healthcare delivery. It looks at how cuts have changed both the ethos behind healthcare delivery and the suitability of the traditional contract and tort doctrines as mechanisms of legal accountability. The book focuses on the legal and practical implications of resource shortages and it highlights the transition from an age of “if it may help, try it” to one of “don't do it unless it definitely will help.” In this sense its interest to British readers is obvious, even though it is written on the …

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