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Medicine to serve an ageing society

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 12 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:447

Retired doctors could have a role

  1. G H Hall, retired physician (
  1. Ballamount, Broadclyst, Devon EX5 3BJ
  2. Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Glossop Road, Sheffield S10 2JF

    EDITOR—With reference to Tonks's editorial about medicine in an ageing society, 1 it is surprising that there was no discussion of the possibility of recruiting retired doctors to provide direct advice and supervision to sick elderly people.

    They will have had wide experience and so provide the “generalist” element required. They will have lived through the same events as their patients and been moulded by them enabling the genuine empathy of …

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