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Letters Worst cases of patient care

Patients Association aims at helping to improve and support the NHS

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 13 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d8056
  1. Mike Smith, vice chair1
  1. 1Patients Association, PO Box 935, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 3YJ, UK
  1. thedoctormike{at}

The standfirst to McCartney’s Medicine and the media article correctly highlights the lack of balance in much of the wider media.1 But her main criticism is of the Patients Association. As so often happens, the messenger is attacked while the importance of the message is belittled.

The purpose of the Patients Association is to put forward the …

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