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Medicine is our vocation

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 15 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3418
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

Some newspapers and commentators have a surgical knife out to stick into the National Health Service, and particularly into doctors. These newspapers tend to be on the political right, and their dogma runs that the NHS is a bureaucratic monolith akin to British Leyland, the car maker nationalised in the 1970s. It operates a closed shop, with restrictive working practices that benefit only NHS workers. Doctors are but jumped up, lazy, jobsworthy shop stewards. When doctors oppose change they are protecting their own vested interests, and they hide behind corrupt professionalism. …

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