Sir: Since 1948 the NHS has been a talisman of society's altruism, and part of an image of the future. However, the recent beds, staff and funding crises highlighted by your leading article of 6 January indicate that the NHS is the first area where society as a whole is having to come to terms with the millennial threat of shortages.
Government and people are starting to address the global problem of how to manage any commodity for which there is an unlimited demand but only a finite supply. The NHS today; housing, energy and food tomorrow?
Dr CERI BROWN