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Sick doctors need special treatment

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7060.771 (Published 28 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:771

Clive Froggatt, the former heroin addict and influential general practitioner adviser to the government, last week called for sick doctors to receive special treatment. His call was backed by many of the other speakers attending a conference “Doctors and their health—who heals the healers?” at St George's Hospital Medical School in London.

Clive Froggatt, once described as the most powerful general practitioner in Britain, told the conference how he had obtained diamorphine by writing prescriptions in patients' names for 4 1/2 years. “Gradually the preoccupation with obtaining the drug and avoiding discovery took over, and …

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