Doctors should tell patients truth about their waiting lists

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7312.574/a (Published 08 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:574
  1. Noelle O'Rourke, consultant in clinical oncology (norourke@tinyworld.co.uk)
  1. Beatson Oncology Centre, Western Infirmary, Glasgow G11 6NT

    EDITOR—Hayward advocates getting angry on behalf of our patients and complaining openly about the inadequacies of the services we offer.1 As the oncologist who went public on the effects of excessive waiting lists for radiotherapy,2 I would like to defend myself against his criticism that it took me so long.

    It is obvious that untreated …

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