Who Should We Treat?: Rights, Rationing, and Resources in the NHS


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Who Should We Treat?: Rights, Rationing, and Resources in the NHS Author: Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Oxford University Press Pages: 298 Language: English ISBN: 9780199264186 Category:

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? Who Should We Treat? examines the economic, political, and legal environment of patients’ rights in the NHS.

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...richly illuminates the trade-offs among the central indcators of a cost-effective health service - access, equity, quality, choice and cost. ...written in a language that is accessible to the medical profession and to the lay public. It also has important observations for health law and ethics. * The Lancet * the breadth of the text is to be praised and the tensions between the law, patients and resources in the NHS are well described. This book can be recommended to anyone interested in dealing with the practical challenges of rationing resources within the NHS. * Journal of Medical Ethics * The book has a remarkably wide scope...The book is replete with wise statements, always made with the utmost confidence and extensively footnoted...All sides could profit from reading this book, which helps remind us of some of the practical perils of too much attention to the bottom line. * New England Journal of Medicine * The quality of work in this book is impressive. It provides a thoroughly researched exploration of legal structure of the NHS, which provides an essential addition to the literature on health care law. * Legal Studies * [A] comprehensive and very readable book which highlights the varying and complex relationships that arise between law and the provision of our health services...a welcome and necessary introduction to all those who seek to study health care and the management of its resources, yet might have failed to appreciate that law and health are linked far beyond the scope of medical negligence...Any author committed to analysis of the questions of resource allocation in the NHS sets themself a mammmoth task. Newdick's text is readily comprehensible...Newdick catalogues the issues and demonstrates the urgency of the task and the challenge admirably. * Medical Law Review * The book is clear, interesting, easy to read and admirably places in context the work of any lawyer in the health field. * Weekly Journal of the Law Society Gazette * It is an incredibly detailed book, littered with appropriate and useful references. * Journal of Community Nursing * Review from previous edition Where the book succeeds is in its treatment of the legal issues...It deals systematically with the place of both common law and statute in decisions as to who will or will not have access to care. The account of this complex body of law is clear and informative. * British Medical Journal *

Author Biography

Christopher Newdick is a Barrister and the Reader in Health Law at the University of Reading. He is also an honorary consultant to Reading Primary Care Trust, and a member of the Berkshire Priorities Committee.