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Patient power

There's a wonderfully Orwellian article in the Times today:

Brown promises more patient power in vision for NHS of the future.

Great. I'm all in favour of patient power - you know, being able to choose where and when and by whom you are treated. 

Tell me more. I'm all ears.

The Prime Minister unveiled his vision for the future of the NHS, in which he said patients would take greater responsibility for monitoring their own health, for delaying the onset of illness, and for helping to direct their own treatment when they did become unwell.

So by patient power, he means doing work that was previously done by doctors yourself, and for free as well. 

Wouldn't "DIY healthcare" be a better description? 

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