Funding pressures in the NHS: an ethical response

Background Paper

Published 13/05/2014

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This background paper provides an overview of different forms of response to funding pressures in the NHS, and seeks to identify those aspects where specifically ethical (as opposed to organisational and managerial) challenges may arise. Given the different health systems within the four countries of the UK, for the sake of brevity this paper focuses primarily on the legal position and policy initiatives within England. Similar issues, however, are likely to arise across the UK, and indeed within any other publicly-funded health system.


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Katharine Wright

Assistant Director

Katharine is part of the senior management team. She is responsible for leading Council projects and inquiries and speaking on behalf the Council on a range of ethical issues. Before joining the Council in 2007, she worked on health law and ethics in the NHS, Department of Health and House of Commons.