Dialysis or Death? Doctors Should Stop Covering Up for an Inadequate Health Service
Ward, Elizabeth Despard
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1986 Jun; 12(2): 61-63.
Ward, president of the British Kidney Patient Association, charges that the underfunded Renal Replacement Programme of the National Health Service (NHS) is denying dialysis to medically qualified patients based on social factors and physician-determined quality of life criteria. She deplores physicians' cover-up of the inadequacies of the NHS by using these criteria, by not offering dialysis as an option, or by declaring it not medically indicated. The author urges physicians to reveal the truth to patients and to unite in proclaiming, "We cannot practise medicine under these conditions." (KIE abstract)
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