Letters Response

Stafford breast surgeons reply to BMJ news article

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7625 (Published 13 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7625
  1. R Gendy, consultant breast surgeon1,
  2. R Vidya, consultant breast surgeon1
  1. 1Stafford Hospital, Stafford ST16 3SA, UK
  1. Raafat.Gendy{at}midstaffs.nhs.uk

The title of Dyer’s news story “Breast surgeons are referred to GMC for refusing to take part in a review of their unit” is factually incorrect.1 We, the breast surgeons in Stafford, have never refused a review of our unit. On the contrary, we were the first to recommend and fully support a broadly based review.

The unsatisfactory Cancer Peer Review report was related to the repeated problems in appointing a lead clinician and the uploading of incorrect information by management. The breast unit had no lead clinician for several months. This was followed by the appointment …

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