Chasm of careBMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7096.1770a (Published 14 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1770
- Neil Campbell, consultant anaesthetist
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 …