Gold for the NHS

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7355.101 (Published 13 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:101

No natural limitation exists on demand for services free at point of supply

  1. Brian Campbell (Kelly.Black@luht.scot.nhs.uk), consultant physician
  1. Acute Medicine, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh EH4 2XU
  2. Mixenden Stones Surgery, Halifax HX2 8RQ

    EDITOR—By far the most encouraging sentence in Robinson's editorial is the last: “There is a strong case for arguing that … UK healthcare policy should be driven by the supply side rather than the demand side reform.”1 Yet there is not a word of this from the chancellor or the secretary of state or in the report by Wanless, whose terms of reference guaranteed his conclusions. Even working within those limitations Wanless managed to generate some gratuitous drive, saying that the cost of health care is …

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