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Monk's moments: Take it slowly

The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has said that he wants the NHS to provide more personalised care. It is a laudable intention, yet the paradox is that, in reality, we are being forced to see patients faster and faster and to provide care that is increasingly impersonal. Under the ‘Choose and Book’ system, patients can no longer see the consultant of their choice and, in hospitals, we are put under immense pressure to send patients back to primary care, rather than follow them up.
Dermatology in practice 2009; 17(2): 31–31
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