Hospitals must not be closed without considering all factors

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7339.739/a (Published 23 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:739
  1. John Parry, retired.
  1. 20 Crescent Road, Alverstoke, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 2DH

    EDITOR—The article by Lock, the former member of parliament for Kidderminster, who is upset about losing his parliamentary seat having failed to convince his constituents that they did not need their local hospital, is interesting.1 It shows the chasm that has opened up between politicians and the general public and the tight compartments into which the government confines decision making, despite the promise of joined up government. The only consideration mentioned by Lock is medical safety in Kidderminster Hospital, and the only people …

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