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NHS league tables are more spin than substance

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 14 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:596
  1. Colin B Brown, consultant renal physician (
  1. Sheffield Kidney Institute, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield S5 7AU

    EDITOR—My hospital was last month awarded the coveted top ranking of three stars in the NHS league table.1

    The kidney unit in which I work has 65 patients on the waiting list to start dialysis for kidney failure. Ten dialysis stations lie empty, which could accomodate all of them if the revenue was forthcoming, which it hasn't been for many many months. Only when …

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