Senior doctors will say at a British Medical Association meeting in Edinburgh today that patients might have to pay for some services themselves because the NHS will not be able to provide everything the public wants, according to The Times (£).
According to the newspaper, Gordon Matthews, of the BMA consultants' committee, will tell the conference:
There has never before been a more important time for the Government, the opposition, doctors and other health professionals to engage with the public, to explain the issues and seek consensus as to what priorities are for health and social care, and making explicit what can be funded from central taxation and what cannot.
Everyone recognises that we're in times of austerity, there isn't a lot of money around, while public expectations have gone up and up, medical treatments have become more expensive and there isn't an easy way to square the circle.
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