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Of course, Christopher Martyn is right in pleading for a better
reporting medical matters and the responsibility lies with the profession.
One possibility is for the BMA or Royal Colleges to establish,
regional representatives, panels of experts who would be willing to
media with a dispassionate opinion. This worked very well when I was PRCPE
there is no doubt that the local papers, radio and TV appreciated the
of the commentator. Thus, we had an identifiable spokes-person for most of
common diseases and the principal systems of the body. The participants in
these panels all agreed to provide the media with their personal telephone
numbers and, in most instances, enjoyed the experience.