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Letters Allocation of NHS resources

Clear winners and losers are created by age only NHS resource allocation

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 22 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3593
  1. Clare L Bambra, professor of public health policy1
  1. 1Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, Durham University, Stockton on Tees TS17 6BH, UK
  1. clare.bambra{at}

Hawkes points out the dangerous implications for health inequalities of an age only proposal for NHS resource allocation: there would certainly be winners and losers.1 Severing the link with deprivation will lead to a considerable shift of healthcare funding away from the neediest, poorer areas of the north and the inner cities towards the least needy, most affluent, and most elderly areas of …

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