NHS reorganisations: who's kicking whom, who's protesting?: Will and power

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7571.752-b (Published 05 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:752
  1. D Mark Jackson, consultant anaesthetist (dmjackson@doctors.org.uk)
  1. Great Western Hospital, Swindon SN3 6BB

    EDITOR—Godlee laments the demise of medical professionalism in the NHS and quotes Greener, who wonders whether doctors have lost the will or power to stop believe to be vandalism.1 2

    They have certainly lost the power and with it, of course, the will, because politicians have long believed, as accountable guardians of public finance, that they have a duty to cull the influence of the medical profession on healthcare provision. The medical profession was uncontrolled by Bevan, and thereafter proved to be a …

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