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Drug regulation: a sometimes unhealthy coalition

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 19 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2613
  1. Ike Iheanacho, editor, Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin
  1. iiheanacho{at}

    Mutual respect, tolerance, understanding, and support—these hallmarks of successful partnership will be sorely needed by the parties making up the United Kingdom’s brand new coalition government, not least because it’s 65 years since the last such arrangement ended in the Westminster parliament. In the meantime the politicians and the electorate have got used to the more adversarial approach in which general elections deliver undivided power to clear winners and knockout blows to the rest.

    So, for lessons about how large coalitions work (or fail) where can we turn? …

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