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Paper highlights shortage of orthopaedic skill

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7034.850 (Published 30 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:850
  1. John Ireland
  1. Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Knee Surgery Unit, Holly House Hospital, Buckhurst Hill, Essex IG9 5HX

    EDITOR,—I am concerned at R Watura and colleagues' recommendation that general practitioners should have direct access to magnetic resonance imaging for knees with suspected internal derangement.1 The basis of this suggestion was the observation that the findings on scanning for patients referred by general practitioners did not differ significantly from those for patients referred by orthopaedic teams. The claimed justification …

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