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Letters Safeguarding NHS standards

Bring back the SAC

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 09 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2328
  1. Denis Wilkins, honorary consultant surgeon1
  1. 1Nuffield Hospital, Derriford, Plymouth PL14 3NJ
  1. denis.wilkins{at}

    Klein is vague about how professionals can speak out to protect standards in the NHS.1 Before the reforms of modernising medical careers the specialty advisory committee (SAC) system of the royal colleges and specialty associations was such a conduit.

    Visiting teams, comprising experienced clinicians in the specialty, carried out regular and …

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