Pessimistic views of the NHSBMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7075.230 (Published 18 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:230
Doctors should stop seeing themselves as victims
- Neil Watson, Codirectora
- a Microsurgery Training Institute, 1515 State Street, Suite 22, Santa Barbara, CA 94111, USA
- b Marple Cottage Surgery, 50 Church Street, Marple, Stockport SK6 5PQ
Editor–The two Personal Views in the issue of 16 November represent the apotheosis of the victim mentality.1 2 As past president of the Royal College of Surgeons, Norman Browse could have done something worth while about his view that clinicians rather than purchasers should lead in the NHS. He did not. Now he complains. Stephen Eisenstein's provincial reactionary diatribe against the patient's charter is no less encouraging.2 Indeed, he has capitulated. He is already a victim, he writes.
By deciding to publish these tales of doom and despondency the BMJ is moving into the wasteland that is the impoverished mental environment of the victim mentality. Lacking leadership and inspiration from within the profession, and unable to provide and maintain high professional and ethical standards, we are now witnessing attempts to control it from without. The same is happening in the United States. None of this should be surprising, but apparently it …