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Letters Burning issues for 2018

My burning issues for 2018: increasing costs and training non-doctors

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 13 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k640
  1. John Sandford-Smith, retired ophthalmologist
  1. Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester LE1 5WW, UK
  1. jsandfordsmith{at}

As an elderly retired ophthalmologist, my burning issues1 were emphasised by your short article about the $1m (£0.7m; €0.8m) once only injection for inherited retinal disease.2

My first issue is the ever increasing cost of healthcare. When will our leaders admit that, in trying to keep us elderly people healthy, the cuckoo has become too big for the nest and …

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