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Mapping choice in the NHS: Authors' reply

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 14 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:907
  1. Carol Propper (, professor,
  2. Michael Damiani, visiting senior analyst,
  3. Jennifer Dixon, director
  1. Department of Economics, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 ITH
  2. Policy Directorate, King's Fund, London W1G 0AN

EDITOR—The facilities marked on the maps are trust headquarters, so fewer hospital locations are marked on the maps than there are hospitals dealing with acute conditions. We marked only headquarters because some of the administrative data we use (beds, waiting times) are available at trust level alone. Some data were missing for a few trusts undergoing change.

We do not consider that using trust data seriously alters our analyses or our …

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