The modern doctor's dilemma: rationing and ethics in healthcare

Butler, J.R. (1999) The modern doctor's dilemma: rationing and ethics in healthcare. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 92 (8). pp. 416-421. ISSN 0141-0768. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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From one point of view, to talk about rationing and ethics is to engage in subversion, for in the eyes of the UK government there is no such thing as rationing in healthcare. The Prime Minister has committed his government to providing healthcare of a nationally attested standard wherever and whenever it is needed, and ministers have held unswervingly to the line that rationing is neither necessary nor practised in the National Health Service1. They insist that the NHS is still committed to providing and is still providing-a comprehensive range of services from the cradle to the grave. Rationing from this very particular standpoint would mean the total removal of certain services from the menu of availability through the NHS, and this, ministers claim, is simply not happening.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2011 14:05
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2011 11:51
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