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Doctors’ behaviour is as important as their clinical skills, say medical leaders

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k665 (Published 09 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k665
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The way doctors treat their peers is as important as their clinical skills, medical leaders have said.

Speaking at a conference on tackling undermining behaviour and bullying in the NHS held on 8 February, Henrietta Hughes, the national “freedom to speak up” guardian, said that doctors should be judged on both their competence and their conduct.

As national guardian, Hughes leads a network of guardians throughout the NHS. Staff can approach these guardians when they want to raise …

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