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"In hospitals, business plans vie with patients for doctors' attention."



Could I take it that business people are trying to choose which plan to follow in order that patients in hospitals can get better medical attention?

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No.

  • A vies with B for C means A competes with B for C

eg My son vies with my daughter for my attention.


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"In hospitals, business plans vie with patients for doctors' attention."

This means

The people who prepare business plans compete with patients for doctors' attention.

Doctors have to give their attention to both patients aad business ol

plans.

Clive

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anonymousCould I take it that business people are trying to choose which plan to follow in order that patients in hospitals can get better medical attention?

No, but it is not clear what they are driving at. It simply means that the doctors have to divide their attention between business plans and patients. The implication seems to be that the patients will suffer because the doctors will be reluctant to give them what they need if that would violate the business plan of the hospital, but if that is what it is supposed to mean, it is a mealy-mouthed way of putting it.

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