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Letters UK government’s autumn statement

First Mid Staffordshire, now the whole country

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 10 January 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j90
  1. S Michael Crawford, clinical lead for research
  1. Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, Keighley BD20 6TD, UK
  1. michael.crawford{at}

It’s clear that, despite the warning signs Ham describes,1 the government is not reacting to the constant flow of information signalling cause for concern. Those with the clearest responsibility for ensuring a safe and good standard of care for patients—namely, the secretary of state and other members of the cabinet—fail to appreciate the enormity of …

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