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Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Wielding the axe

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 23 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3910
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    The axe is coming. But the NHS is considered sacrosanct and won’t face cuts in spending; other public sector workers will take our pain. Now, I would go to the barricades to defend the NHS, but this protectionist policy is wrong, driven not by reason but a populist eye cast towards the next election. The NHS needs to share the pain of the public sector and indeed to demonstrate solidarity with workers in the private sector, who rightly believe that we are overpaid, overpensioned, and overprotected. Sparing the NHS …

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