Goodbye to the noughtiesBMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b5378 (Published 09 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5378
- Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
What of the past 10 years in the NHS? Management speak now pervades the service; I have caught myself referring to our children as stakeholders, empowering them to do homework and appointing champions of the washing up. The shopping list became a mission statement with key action points. Even the dog became the pet tsar, tasked with setting up a strategic partnership with the cat.
GPs and consultants negotiated new contracts with management, demonstrating that doctors aren’t as dumb as portrayed in the mass …