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Endgovernment interference with doctor-patient relationships.

Comment 5th July 2010

The Labour government quietly introduced statin targets for the population over fifty. This resulted in doctors being pressurised into prescribing statins, not because the patients needed them but because they were under financial pressure to do so. A not very well informed relative of mine was told by a doctor that he had to take statins, even though they made him feel ill, as "it is the law that you have to."  A downright lie, but it was made by a doctor under financial pressure from the government.

Why does this matter?

The relationship between doctor and patient is a professional matter in which decisions are taken according to individual needs, not to meet targets for state mass medication.


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