Rationing in the NHS: high quality care for all, now and for future generations?


Better Health For All

  • by Catherine Max
  • Independent consultant specialising in sustainable health and social care

Catherine Max attended “Is a ‘postcode lottery’ in health ever justified?”, a panel debate hosted by the Nuffield Trust and Royal College of Surgeons on 19th February 2015.  You can see information about all the speakers and watch the webcast here.

I attended “Is a postcode lottery in health justified?” because of my interests in health inequalities, sustainable development and ethics, as well as experience in a prior PCT non-executive role dealing with Individual Funding/Exceptional Treatment requests.  As I tentatively raised my hand, I was shocked to find myself the only person at the Nuffield Trust/Royal College of Surgeons #NHSRationing debate claiming to represent public health (I have no formal qualifications as such).

But I was also struck, in a positive sense, that it was a GP asking whether public health was in the room.  Dr David…

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