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Rheumatologists feel devalued by NHS changes

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 02 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:258
  1. Lisa Hitchen
  1. London

    Rheumatologists should be trained to deal with threats to their work arising from changes to the NHS, delegates at a conference in London heard last week. Changes that delegates found worrying included the setting up of independent treatment centres, the diversion of money from secondary to primary care, and the intensification of work arising from the “choose and book” computer system being introduced to GPs' surgeries.

    The changes continued to “deprofessionalise and depersonalise” their roles, one specialist said. “Clinicians in secondary care are being intimidated. We are being deprofessionalised and depersonalised. A lot of people are finding that they are under pressure, their services are being threatened, and they are being told there is nothing they can do,” said Andrew Bamji, the president elect of the British Society …

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