Private Eye, Heart and Hip: Surgical Consultants, the National Health Service and Private MedicineBMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7005.637b (Published 02 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:637
- Mckee Martin, reader
- in public health medicine, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
John Yates Churchill Livingstone, £14.95, pp 175 ISBN 0 443 05466 5
Members of parliament reacted in different ways to the Nolan report on standards of conduct in public life. Some were genuinely shocked at the extent to which many of their colleagues had been enriching themselves. Others, especially those with lucrative consultancies, could not see what the fuss was about.
Similar reactions have greeted John Yates's work on private medicine in Britain. One surgeon wrote of his embarrassment at the failure of the profession to tackle abuses, but another--on a maximum part time contract--admitted openly that four fifths of his operating was in the private sector.
A BMA representative, in a now infamous radio interview, made a quite disgraceful …