Letters How no one acted when they should have

Two principles for surgical wards to ensure patient care

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f644 (Published 06 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f644
  1. Martin A P Milling, consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon (retired)1
  1. 1St Lawrence Hospital, Chepstow and Morriston Hospital, Swansea, UK
  1. martin{at}milling.demon.co.uk

Hopkins’s experience is in no way unusual.1 In many units there is no scheduled visiting by junior staff and the “business” ward round by consultant or registrar does not happen.

I suggest that the following principles are applied in all surgical wards:

  • All patients should expect a visit from their surgeon on the day …

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