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Transparency is key to rationing debate, delegates told

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 22 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:619
  1. Sally Hargreaves
  1. London

    “Rationing should be made explicit, and arguments for any scheme made public,” Professor Joe Collier of St George's Hospital and Medical School, London, told an audience at a conference on rationing and the NHS held this week by the Drugs and Therapeutics Bulletin.

    “The notion of keeping this from society is no longer tenable,” added Professor Collier, who is editor of the bulletin. He called for rationing to become more explicit and for policy decisions at any level of care to be rooted in a sound scientific and ideological basis. “Details should be defensible in courts and understandable by prescribers and, through them, by patients … These ideals are clearly not being met at the present time,” he said.

    Professor Ian Rees Jones from St …

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