NHS reorganisations: who's kicking whom, who's protesting?: NHS is not short for National Health Service

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7571.752 (Published 05 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:752
  1. Daniel J Albert (daniel@albert4.demon.co.uk), general practitioner
  1. South Leeds Primary Care Trust Medical Service, Leeds LS10 4HT

    EDITOR—Hawkes' description of English healthcare is uncannily accurate: painfully so for those of us that have given much of our time (the best years of our lives?) to supporting the “New NHS”; for which, now read the “Old NHS.”1 He is right to identify the kicking hierarchy as being important.

    I have often wondered how it is that we are all so …

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