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Letters Response to winter crisis

As we continue to delay death, total system breakdown is inevitable

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 08 March 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k1018
  1. Nicholas McDowall, retired general practitioner
  1. Gloucestershire
  1. nick.mcdowall{at}

I recently listened to a news item on BBC Radio 4 discussing the perennial NHS bed shortage1 and felt relief, tinged with guilt that I was no longer part of it. I retired from a busy inner city general practice a year ago, just three months short of the chequered flag of …

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