Implementing clinical governance

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7315.753a (Published 29 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:753

Intellectual discussion would have been useful

  1. Neville W Goodman, consultant anaesthetist (Nev.W.Goodman@bris.ac.uk)
  1. Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust, Bristol BS10 5NB
  2. Princess Margaret Hospital, Okus Road, Swindon SN1 4UJ

    EDITOR—What is upsetting about clinical governance is the way in which political zeal has eclipsed intellectual honesty. Halligan and Donaldson have listened to audiences composed of healthcare professionals who believe that clinical governance is the right idea.1 From the response to my criticism of clinical governance,2 and of audiences that I have addressed on the basis of that criticism, I know there are many healthcare professionals who are not so convinced. Halligan has himself heard important criticisms because he spoke at a conference convened at the Royal College of Physicians in March 2000 to discuss some of its difficulties.3 So why is my critical reference, or any other, not cited in the article …

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