Qualified in Medicine in 1986, Dr Peter Rutherford received his PhD in 1994 from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He is trained in Nephrology at the University of Newcastle, UK and Yale University School of Medicine, USA. He was Senior Lecturer in Nephrology at the University of Wales College of Medicine from 1996 and Medical Director for North East Wales NHS Trust in Wrexham from 2002. He worked part time for the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) from 2002, within the clinical guidelines program. Since 2007 he has been Medical Director (Renal) for Europe, Middle East and Africa for Baxter Healthcare SA, based in Zurich. He is a visiting Professor in the Faculty of Healthcare and Fellow at Glyndwr University in Wales, UK.
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Posted on 04.11.2014
Should policymakers care about dialysis? Yes.
Throughout the EU, Member States are looking for ways to provide patient-centred care to maximize clinical outcomes and improve cost-effectiveness for healthcare systems. For many countries, this means re-organisation of how care is delivered and in some cases general cost-cutting to sustain the system. So, when policymakers are faced with difficult decisions about how to maintain quality of care within a resource constrained system why is it that they should care about dialysis?