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Who Should We Treat? – Rights, Rationing, and Resources in the NHS - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Who Should We Treat?: Rights, Rationing, and Resources in the NHS

Christopher Newdick


How should we allocate NHS resources between different patients and treatments? Increasingly, patients are regarded as “consumers” of medical services, and yet demand for medical care exceeds the resources that are made available for it. How should the NHS manage the dilemmas presented by scarce resources? This book examines the economic, political, and legal environment of patients' rights in the NHS.

Keywords: NHS resources, patients, treatments, consumers, medical services, medical care, patients' rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199264186
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264186.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Newdick, author
Barrister and Reader in Health Law at the University of Reading