“Corporate greed and systematic political failure has brought the NHS [UK’s National Health Service] to its knees,” writes Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist, in a recent article in The Daily Mail.
“Last week, responding to a series of recent scandals - including failure of institutions and universities in the UK to tackle research misconduct - former editor of the BMJ, Richard Smith, wrote: ‘something is rotten in the state of British Medicine and has been for a long time’.
“For the sake of our future health and the sustainability of the NHS it’s time for real collective action against ‘too much medicine’.
“This can start with the public accounts committee launching a full independent inquiry into the efficacy and safety of medicines.
“I believe it is an underlying scandal that may likely to dwarf that of the Mid Staffordshire NHS scandal - where scores of patients died due to poor care, a public enquiry concluded.
“Medical science has taken a turn towards darkness.
“And sunlight will be its only disinfectant.”
Dr. Malhotra is one of six doctors warning about the influence of drug companies on the prescribing of drugs.
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