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Is the NHS getting better or worse?

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 09 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:107

Just who gets to choose which data will matter?

  1. Peter Davies, general practitioner (
  1. Mixenden Stones Surgery, Halifax HX2 8RQ

    EDITOR—Smith's editorial asks an important question about whether the NHS is getting better.1 He places a lot of faith in gathering better data about the workings of the NHS to help us answer this question.

    However, this approach begs the question of “what would the appropriate data be?” And behind that is the intensely political …

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