Patients must come first

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6937.1161b (Published 30 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1161
  1. Peter Richards, Frank Harris,
  2. Frank Harris
  1. Chairman, Executive secretary, Council of Deans of UK Medical Schools and Faculties, PO Box 138, Leicester LE1 9HN.

    EDITOR,--One body of evidence and two different conclusions is nothing new in medicine. One reason is the difference between, on the one hand, the luxury of opinion without responsibility and, on the other, the necessity of making publicly accountable decisions. The Council of Deans of UK Medical Schools and Faculties repeatedly debated the potential risk to patients from students infected with hepatitis B virus and the responsible policy to adopt. We took impeccable expert advice. After two years of deliberation we arrived at the recommended policy challenged by A M L Lever, …

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