Doctors are servants of patients says chief medical officerBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7389.569/a (Published 15 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:569
- Sarah Macdonald
England's chief medical officer, Professor Liam Donaldson, has called for a major shake up in the traditional doctor partner relationship.
“We have to see ourselves as the servants of the patient, not their masters,” he said, introducing a conference last week at the Royal College of Physicians entitled “The doctor patient relationship: is it good enough?”
And speaker Ian Kramer, lawyer and vice chairman of the UK Coalition of People Living with HIV and AIDs, reinforced the theme:
“Patients can and should be viewed not as raw …