Allyson Pollock

NHS: Choose Your Fate

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Prescriptions for more market forces in the NHS are not a healthy development, writes Allyson Pollock.

When the prime minister needed urgent medical care for his heart problems earlier this year he didn't exercise any 'choice', and surely didn't want to. He was simply taken to the nearest hospital, and was happy to let professionals decide what treatment he needed and where he could best get it - in another NHS hospital, as it happened. The incident highlights a basic point about healthcare - unlike a pick and mix sweets counter, healthcare isn't something we always want to make choices about.

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