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Proposed appraisal system and political correctness

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 03 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:53

Consultant appraisals will be useful

  1. Andrew Whitehouse, Consultant physician (
  1. 16 Coleshill Road, Atherstone, Warwickshire CV9 1BW
  2. Royal College of Physicians, London NW1 4LE

    EDITOR—Kerr's negative attitude to the idea of consultant appraisals1 reminded me of that of surgeons in the 19th century, who were said to sharpen their scalpels on their boots to show their contempt for the microbe theory. He also shows a common misunderstanding of the difference between appraisal and assessment. Appraisal is for the benefit of the one being appraised—akin to formative assessment in educational …

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