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Letters Individual healthcare rationing

Experience of lay member of IFR panel

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 10 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4914
  1. Trevor Hart, lay member1
  1. 1IFR Panel, Bradford and Airedale Primary Care Trust, Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK
  1. tjhart15{at}

Many of the questions raised by Russell and colleagues about whether IFR (individual funding request) panels should have lay representation1 have been addressed by other parts of the public sector for 50 years or more, so why hasn’t the NHS learnt from these experiences? Generally there is antipathy to lay participation in NHS policy or it is limited to “informing” rather than …

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