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Stand up for the NHS: Margaret McCartney joins Phil Hammond on stage in Edinburgh

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 09 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4378
  1. Bryan Christie, journalist, Edinburgh
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Margaret McCartney, the Glasgow GP and columnist for The BMJ, made her Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut last week. She joined the doctor and comedian Phil Hammond in an hour long show urging the audience to form a popular movement to save the NHS from market mayhem.

Dr Phil’s NHS Revolution is a verbal Punch and Judy act. The villains are dishonest politicians, profiteering corporations, and market solutions. The heroes are striking junior doctors, Britain’s army of carers, and evidence based decision making.

McCartney heads the revolution’s Anti Bollocksology Unit, providing facts that people need to know about today’s NHS.

Hunt and homeopathy

It is not an hour …

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