BMA president warns doctors not to take public esteem for granted

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 14 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:70
  1. Richard Smith
  1. BMJ

    Doctors should not take their public esteem for granted and should be careful about exaggerating the difficulties faced by the NHS. These were two of the main messages delivered by David Carter, the former chief medical officer of Scotland and now president of the BMA, at his inauguration at the BMA's annual meeting at Bournemouth.

    “We have not been fleet of foot,” said Professor Carter, “in keeping up with public expectations.” Doctors should recognise that the world has changed dramatically. Professor Carter described attending a meeting with …

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