Tuesday, January 8, 2008

NHS Choices

The Guardian ran an interview with Lord Darzi the doctor-cum-health minister with the remit to conduct a "once in a generation" review of the National Health Service in England. His interim report, published in October, was not warmly received by his medical colleagues.

Many of the opinions attributed to Lord Darzi are justifiably derided by the medical profession (and patients and carers), but given my own (previously-stated) views on patient choice and decision-making, I find the following somewhat reassuring:

"To be fair, it's not for the patient to know where these places [centres of excellence for a particular condition] [are], but for the people who place them."

In other words give the medical practitioners more Choice, not the Patients.

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