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BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 17 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2466
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    Concern has been cascading through medical providers recently about the repeated use of meaningless jargon in the ever divergent but occasionally convergent NHS lexicon. In my position as a medical communicator I was included in the loop when a memo was leaked from the office of the health minister Ara Darzi (allegedly), under the heading “Re: The use of “note pads” in the NHS and allied service based agencies.” It read:

    Hi, all care providers, managers of care, care managers, professions allied to care providers, carers’ carers, and stakeholders …

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