The introduction of the purchaser-provider split in the service has diverted resources away from clinical care. One of the real frustrations for clinicians is to watch a sizeable slice of the NHS cake being handed out on a plate to the ever-increasing army of accountants and managers employed to shuttle funds between purchasers and providers.
Can we not escape from the totalitarianism of the accountants and get back to spending the NHS money on patients?
HUGH J THOMSON
Consultant Surgeon, BirminghamReuse content