Focus: Westminster – Consultants blamed about consultants' complaints

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 22 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:845
  1. John Warden
  1. parliamentary correspondent, BMJ

    Recalcitrant … devoid of compassion or humility … a shame to their profession. Consultants in the NHS, or a minority of them, are sometimes suspected of failing in their duties. But seldom have they been subjected to such an indictment as last week by a Commons select committee.

    What towering scandal of medical malpractice could have provoked such an attack? In fact there was no such scandal. The select committee was angry about the cavalier attitude some consultants adopt towards complaints about non-clinical mishaps. This causes them to fall foul of the health service ombudsman and, inevitably, the parliamentary select committee which monitors his …

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