Soundings

Public accountability

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7116.1167 (Published 01 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1167
  1. James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
  1. Leeds

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    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 …

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