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50 years of the NHS

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 09 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:124

Junior doctors should have contributed to discussion on NHS

  1. Richard Price, Senior house officer in plastic surgery (
  1. Centre for Cutaneous Research, Queen Mary and Westfield Medical School, London E1 2AT
  2. Alison Lea Medical Centre, East Kilbride G74 3BE
  3. Arthington Medical Centre, Leeds LS10 2JJ

    EDITOR—The article on the love-hate relationship that people have with the NHS presented several views of the system in which most of us work.1 I noticed that responses were “invited” by the BMJ and that the article contained replies from three chairpeople, two chief executives, five professors, three consultants (two in psychiatry), the general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, a member of the University of York, and even a broadcaster. It strikes me that general practitioners were somewhat underrepresented—as the largest single group of doctors to have completed their training—with only one reply.

    Surely the most telling omission in the journal is that there are no replies from junior doctors. I assume that either no junior doctors were canvassed or their replies …

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