Public accountabilityBMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7116.1167 (Published 01 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1167
- James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
Every year, around the autumnal equinox, our trust holds its annual general meeting. For weeks beforehand posters in exotic languages appear beside the lifts. I wonder what we would do if non-English speaking members of, say, the Thai community actually turned up. We could give them a synopsis of our report to read. “Last year we treated more patients than ever before” probably sounds quite fresh in Thai.
Before the meeting the board gathers for a briefing on possible googlies. Some members are shaking their heads. For the past five years our AGM has passed off bloodlessly, but this time things will …