Letters Neglectful mismanagement of the NHS

Free the NHS from the shackles of incompetent central control

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1897 (Published 05 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i1897
  1. William P Soutter, retired gynaecologist
  1. Harrow, UK
  1. pat{at}soutter.org.uk

Mismanagement of the NHS began long before the present government.1 Its origins can be traced to the time when Tony Blair first spoke of “driving up” standards.

The concept of driving brings to mind sheep or cattle that cannot make sensible …

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