Warning to GMCBMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7304.108 (Published 14 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:108
Patients should come first
- Roger M Goss (firstname.lastname@example.org), director
- Patient Concern, London SW5 9FY
- Bethnal Green Health Centre, London E2 6LL
EDITOR—How interesting that Heath overlooks the General Medical Council's primary responsibility—protecting patients.1 Everything else flows from this duty. To relate empowering patients to political abuse and coercion seems disingenuous. Why elevate to top priority protecting doctors' freedom to conduct their practice however they see fit? It suggests a desire to thwart the government's goal of putting patients, their views, and their interests at the heart of the NHS.