News BMA annual representative meeting, Torquay, 25 June to 29 June

Public should be told that rationing is inevitable, say doctors

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 28 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1343
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. Torquay

    The public should be warned that rationing of health care is inevitable, doctors said at their annual representatives' meeting in Torquay this week. The doctors also agreed that members of the public should be given explicit advice on which services are available on the NHS so that they can make provision for treatments that fall outside the health service.

    In its paper on an alternative strategy for the future of the NHS, published in May (BMJ 2007;334:969 doi: 10.1136/bmj.39210.522188.4E), the BMA raised the possibility that “it may be necessary to ration some services if society is not prepared …

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