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Letters Rigging the NHS for votes

The sacred cow status of the NHS

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 19 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2651
  1. David Berger, district medical officer, emergency medicine1
  1. 1Broome Hospital, Broome, 6725 WA, Australia
  1. daveberger{at}

Healthcare is a political football in any country,1 but this beautiful game has reached one of its highest levels in the UK. The NHS has suffered for many years from a lack of maturity among the politicians entrusted with its management and strategic direction, who use it to make unrealistic, flagship policy pitches. …

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