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Letters Patient choice and emergency admissions

Commercialisation of healthcare is fatally flawed

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 05 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2324
  1. Steven Ford, retired GP
  1. Haydon Bridge, UK
  1. mail{at}

Hawkes reports that introducing competition into the NHS in England to increase quality has had the opposite effect for some elective procedures.1

When correctly delivered, healthcare is not and never can be a commercial undertaking. This is a fundamental, self evident, and incontestable …

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