BUMPH in pathology has increased exponentially with move to trust status

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7032.710a (Published 16 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:710
  1. M J Galloway
  1. Director of pathology Clinical Pathology Laboratory, Bishop Auckland General Hospital, Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL14 6AD

    EDITOR,—Damian Kenny has highlighted the problem of the bureaucratic unsolicited mountainous paper heap (BUMPH) in general practice.1 This phenomenon has also been observed in hospitals. In my directorate of pathology all management paper received by the clinical director has been filed with the minutes of the monthly meetings since the directorate was established in 1989. I have analysed, retrospectively, the number of pages of BUMPH …

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