Letters Private practice is unethical

Patients’ right to choose private medicine

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2810 (Published 02 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2810
  1. Keith Altman, consultant maxillofacial surgeon1
  1. 1Nuffield Health Brighton Hospital, Brighton BN2 6DX, UK
  1. keith{at}altman.org.uk

Profit rather than need is a poor driver of clinical decision making and undoubtedly there is a potential conflict when charging a fee for medical or surgical services.1 I have therefore set myself the “NHS test” in my private practice: would I offer the same advice and treatment if I were seeing the same patient in the NHS? And this test …

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