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Doctors in management: big budgets and difficult colleagues

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 25 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:488

For a long time medicine has been unlike many other professions in that you have not had to stop practising in order to get on. Nurses in particular complain that to advance professionally they have to abandon the bedside and become managers. In medicine rather the opposite has applied: many leaders of the profession have gained and retained that leadership because of their clinical strengths.

The desire to retain that combination of clinical strength and leadership was an underlying theme at last week's conference “Every doctor is a manager,” run by the BMA, BMJ, and the British Association of Medical Managers. Just as Moliere's Monsieur Jourdain discovered that he had been speaking prose all his life without realising it, so doctors are …

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