Inquiry calls for doctors to be tested regularly for alcohol

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 15 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:769
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

    Britain's health authorities have been asked to consider the practicality of introducing compulsory medical tests for all doctors every two years to pick up early warning signs of alcohol problems.

    The recommendation is made in the report of a fatal accident inquiry held into the deaths of two patients at St John's Hospital in Livingston, Scotland. They died after operations carried out by a consultant surgeon, Gerald Davies, who subsequently admitted to having a serious drink problem. He reported drinking up to half a bottle of whisky a night regularly, and the inquiry …

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