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Dismissal means denial of right to practice

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 21 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:189
  1. P J Tomlin
  1. Secretary Society of Clinical Psychiatrists, Downton, Wiltshire SP5 3HJ

    EDITOR,—The two particular concerns expressed in the articles on secrecy in the NHS—namely, the status of public health doctors and freedom to talk to the press—are examples of bluff by the management.1 The British government told the European Court of Human Rights that doctors were not civil servants and so could not be ordered about like civil servants (this was conceded in the case of Damell v the United Kingdom2). This principle had previously been established in the European Court of Human Rights in other cases involving the special …

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