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Letters NHS reforms

Is the NHS only a means of delivering healthcare?

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 15 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d983
  1. Gareth Forbes, general practitioner1
  1. 1Leadgate Surgery, Consett, County Durham DH8 6DP, UK
  1. garethforbes{at}

I do not agree that the NHS “is only a means of delivering healthcare.”1 The underpinning principle of the NHS, that the more fortunate (in terms of affluence and health) help those who are less fortunate, is an attractive one. It relies on the …

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