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“Arrogant doctors” not to blame for variability in drug prescribing

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7455.1516-c (Published 24 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1516
  1. Bruno Rushforth
  1. BMJ

    The national cancer director, Professor Mike Richards, defended doctors against the charge that their “arrogance” was to blame for the variability in cancer drug prescribing, when he appeared before the Public Accounts Select Committee last week.

    Gerry Steinberg, Labour MP for the City of Durham, said that, in his view, doctors were “very arrogant” and that variability in prescribing was due to the fact that they thought they “knew best.”

    But Professor Richards denied the charge. “The culture among doctors has changed from one of paternalism to working in partnership with patients,” …

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