Letters NHS targets—good or bad?

Targets destroy morale and do not help patients

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b953 (Published 09 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b953
  1. Richard D Spicer, retired consultant surgeon1
  1. 1Bristol BS2 8BJ
  1. rdspicer{at}hotmail.com

    All clinicians will agree that targets do more harm than good1; some managers or politicians may not.2

    The NHS is like a carpet too small to cover a floor: a target to cover the north east corner of a room can …

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