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Stop protecting the NHS budget

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 20 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3061
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

I met a friend in Lidl. We shook our heads. I said in a hushed voice, “They constantly complain, bringing their own bags to conceal the fact they’re shopping at Lidl, and they don’t the follow the queuing etiquette. Bloody Marks and Spencer types!” The middle class are moving to Lidl, taking our trolleys and buying up all the risotto rice and vanilla pods. Next, middle class children will be getting a Megabus pass rather than a car on their 18th birthday, and spend their gap year working in Primark in Chelmsford. This is the economic reality, and it is delivering a social …

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