Letters NHS at 60

Doctors’ infantalisation

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a791 (Published 14 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a791
  1. Alexandra Thomson-Moore, foundation doctor
  1. 1West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 2QZ
  1. 1977atm{at}doctors.org.uk

    I have been both manager and doctor in the “intensive command and control regime of national targets, inspection and regulation, and published league tables” of our 60 year old NHS.1 My performance as a manager was measured on my team’s ability to deliver government efficiency targets, with original thinking commonly stifled. My performance as a junior doctor is assessed on the ability to …

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