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The importance of journey times to hospital in urban areas
  1. C E Ashton,
  2. M Harding,
  3. J Lindo
  1. Sutton and Merton PCT, Nelson Hospital, Raynes Park, UK
  1. Miss C E Ashton, Sutton and Merton PCT, Nelson Hospital, Kingston Road, Raynes Park SW20 8DB, UK; charlotte.ashton{at}

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