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February 10, 1951

BRITISH NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE

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71 East 71st Street, New York 21.

JAMA. 1951;145(6):427. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920240063023

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  I enclose an excerpt from a letter I have just received from a friend on the teaching staff at the University of Edinburgh. It is self explanatory and seems worthy of publication in The Journal, as it is a sign of the times and shows what happens in the program of managed social economy, where the inevitable always happens, namely, a leveling down rather than a building up."The latest turn in our own medical affairs will give those in the States who are opposed to a National Health Service very powerful ammunition. Having encouraged young doctors to undertake specialist training, the Ministry, at the request of the Treasury for economics, has decided that the only people they can, with comfort to themselves, get rid of are those persons who are fully trained, or are nearing the end of their training, and who because of the Ministry's

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