Letters Surgical follow-up by GPs

Proposal strikes at the heart of medicine

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39094.393912.1F (Published 18 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:109
  1. Andrew N Bamji, consultant rheumatologist
  1. 1Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, Kent DA14 6LT (andrewbamji@lineone.net)

    To abandon follow-up appointments after surgery strikes at the fundamentals of the philosophy of medicine.1 2 That surgeons will be mere technicians whose only contact with the patients is, more or less, in the operating theatre, is appalling. Follow-up is essential for many reasons, not just for audit of the …

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