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Chasm of care

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 14 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1770
  1. Neil Campbell, consultant anaesthetist
  1. Swindon

    My father had not been well for some time and the eventual admission to hospital was not surprising. As a hospital consultant, well aware of the realities of the service over the extended Easter holiday, I was impressed by the care. A patient on a combined admission and cardiology ward, he was seen by a consultant every day. When I visited and asked to speak to one of the medical staff the ward sister asked if she would do. Following an informed, comprehensively detailed, accurate, and caring explanation I was left with no alternative but to agree absolutely.

    With a combination of prosthetic heart valves, positive blood cultures, impaired renal function, and probable biliary sepsis, surgery and intensive care seemed avoidable only by an acceptance of …

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