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NHS funding: Which services are being “rationed”?

“Sexual health and district nursing services are under particularly severe strain”

By Anna Charles  

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There is not a health system in the world where decisions about resource allocation do not have to be made. Where resources are finite—which is the case in all health systems but particularly publicly funded systems such as the NHS—decisions on how to prioritise, allocate or, to use more emotive language, “ration” resources are inevitable. The unprecedented financial and operational pressures facing the NHS mean these decisions are becoming more frequent and more difficult. At The King’s Fund,…

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