Letters Private practice is unethical

Doctors should expect to repay state investment with NHS service

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2882 (Published 27 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2882
  1. Michael J Taggart , university professor 1
  1. 1Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  1. michael.taggart{at}ncl.ac.uk

The vigorous debate instigated by Dean about the ethics of private practice1 has set me pondering what seem to be a few incongruities.

As a university based academic scientist I receive no pay for any overtime work, of which there is plenty, and I am contractually obliged to seek permission from my current employer if I wish to undertake additional salaried employment. From …

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