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Letters Drug company influence

Privatisation should not be NHS policy

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 14 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2149
  1. Nick Mann, general practitioner
  1. London E9 7TA, UK
  1. drnickmann{at}

Private sector sponsorship in medicine is known to affect doctors’ behaviour and prescribing activity, published outcomes of research trials, and awarding of contracts.

But it also affects patients’ behaviour, creating dependency and fuelling demand, as in the private …

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