Hospitals to advertise?

Submitted by Janine on Mon, 11/20/2006 - 10:27

The marketisation of the NHS has reached a point where it would be laughable if it were not true. The Department of Health is to publish a marketing code allowing hospitals to advertise to attract patients.

Both the BMA and NHS trade unions have made the obvious point this morning - NHS money should be spent on healthcare not on adverts!

And doesn't the idea of advertising for patients rely on a notion that different hospitals are in competition with each other, rather than working together as part of an integrated National Health Service?!

Excuse me, but I don't want to browse a set of advertising promotions in order to pick the best hospital for my particular ailment. I want to know that my local hospital will look after me. I don't want to know that a particular hospital is the best, because that tells me that others are not good enough.

I sense a comic potential in adapting popular advertising slogans to this particular market. I might add some later on, but in the meantime, readers are welcome to log in and use the comments box.

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