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Letters Allocation of NHS resources

Resources must be used to reduce inequalities

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 25 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4128
  1. Ben Barr, consultant in public health1
  1. 1NHS Blackburn with Darwen, Blackburn BB1 7D, UK
  1. benbarr{at}

Andrew Lansley’s pronouncement that age, not poverty, is the principal determinant of healthcare demand is apparently intended to “test the water” for an age only proposal for NHS resource allocation.1 That the crude prevalence of some diseases is higher in more affluent areas (with older populations) than in more deprived areas is taken to indicate greater demand for healthcare resources.2

However, …

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