Put a social worker in charge

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 17 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1665
  1. Colin Douglas

    Winnie Mandela was one once. Nearer home, our own Mrs Bottomley too served her time as a social worker. For some years now I have worried a little about doctors who fall among politicians. Are there perhaps similar grounds for anxiety about social workers who do the same?

    As with medicine, social work involves a professional exposure that might—in theory at least—make one a better politician. And to see distress and misery at first hand might engender a purer motivation for a career in politics than, say, merchant banking, public relations, being married to a millionaire, or inheriting the family constituency.

    Or perhaps not. But I would never even have considered the question had I not recently come cross a dusty little book published in 1920 …

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