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NHS England may be right to assert that “Taxpayers would rightly take a dim view of an NHS hospital diverting funding onto lawyers’ fees for legal action against another part of the NHS....” I suspect taxpayers would take an equally dim view of NHS England's use of money to fund legal threats in this case. When NHS leaders have to resort to such tactics to secure compliance with their policies something is seriously wrong.
Dr Graham Winyard CBE FRCP FFPH
No competing interests
17 April 2019
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