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  1. Originally published in the Financial Times on 27 September 2011

    By James Barlow, Colin Gray and Steve Wright

    Is it fair for Andrew Lansley (“Lansley promises to help ease hospitals’ debts”, September 23) to blame the private finance initiative so roundly for the funding problems NHS hospitals in England currently face? We would suggest the payment system for English hospitals is actually a bigger problem than PFI, flawed though that programme is.

  2. Originally posted on HaCIRIC website: 23 September 2011 by James Barlow

    Long ago in rich countries, we began the move to cheap and easier diagnostics. Women didn’t want to wait for a doctor to say whether they were pregnant.  So, over the counter testing kits were born. Latterly, access to the Internet has also greatly extended opportunities for diagnosis. Nevertheless, expensive diagnostic equipment and expertise have remained largely the norm within the NHS and other developed world health systems.