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Doctors are servants of patients says chief medical officer

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 15 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:569
  1. Sarah Macdonald
  1. London

    England's chief medical officer, Professor Liam Donaldson, has called for a major shake up in the traditional doctor partner relationship.

    “We have to see ourselves as the servants of the patient, not their masters,” he said, introducing a conference last week at the Royal College of Physicians entitled “The doctor patient relationship: is it good enough?”

    And speaker Ian Kramer, lawyer and vice chairman of the UK Coalition of People Living with HIV and AIDs, reinforced the theme:

    “Patients can and should be viewed not as raw …

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