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Who Should We Treat?

Rights, Rationing, and Resources in the NHS

Second Edition

Christopher Newdick

  • Considers immensely topical issues such as the treatment of the elderly and the terminally ill, and healthcare rationing
  • Considers patients' rights to care in the political, economic, and managerial context of NHS treatment
  • Tells the fascinating story of how the NHS has attempted to answer a question that has baffled policy-makers since 1948
  • Written in an accessible style for students of medicine, NHS management, and health law and interested lay-readers by an academic specialist with practical knowledge of the NHS

New to this Edition:

  • This edition is substantially re-written. It discusses the implications of the Bristol Inquiry and the conviction of Harold Shipman which have helped to re-draw the landscape of the NHS
  • Discusses how markets and incentive schemes have become endemic to the NHS and the new regulators that have been created to monitor and control doctors and NHS managers
  • Traces the recent successes of patients in promoting their rights to health care

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