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Should the NHS be privatized? Annual varsity medical debate - London, 22 January 2010

Author(s): Nagendran Myura | Budhdeo Sanjay | Maruthappu Mahiben | Sugand Kapil

Journal: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine
ISSN 1747-5341

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 7;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Abstract The Varsity Medical Debate, between Oxford and Cambridge Universities, brings together practitioners and the public, professors, pupils and members of the polis, to facilitate discussion about ethics and policy within healthcare. The motion on privatizing the National Health Service (NHS) was specifically chosen to reflect the growing sentiment in the UK where further discourse upon models of healthcare was required. Time and again, the outcome of British elections pivots upon the topic of financial sustainability of the NHS. Having recently celebrated its sixtieth anniversary, the NHS has become heavily politicized in recent months, especially in the aftermath of the devastating global recession.
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