Professional self respectBMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7185.734b (Published 13 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:734
- S K Goolamali, Chairman, BMA local negotiating committee
- Northwick Park and St Mark's NHS Trust, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 3UJ
- Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 3UJ
EDITOR—The provenance of a wine often determines its worth, and so must it be for authors. Hence the BMJ asks for “each author's current appointment and full address.” It remains intriguing why in October Richards chose to describe himself in his article as president of Hughes Hall, Cambridge,1 a post he had recently started in, when for three years until September 1998 he had been employed as medical director to Northwick Park and St Mark's Hospitals in Harrow. To limit his location to Cambridge is perhaps not a high crime or misdemeanour, but he knew that he would be back in November 1998 as part time medical director of Northwick Park and St Mark's Hospitals for another five months. No conflict of interest? Or simply an interest in conflict from afar?
Richards asserts that a local strategy developed that allowed time for …