The lords medicalBMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7223.1509a (Published 04 December 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1509
- James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
I liked the House of Lords with its families of accidental legislators Hereditary peers were motivated by the unfashionable principle of noblesse oblige. Without them, all parliamentarians are driven by personal ambition, just like the rest of us.
The upper house still has 26 lords spiritual and a similar number of law lords. The third great profession, medicine, is underrepresented. There are noble doctors but they have been selected by the …