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Letters The “curse of the registrar”

How to increase consultant input in hospital clinics

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 09 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6757
  1. Andrew R L Medford, chest physician1
  1. 1North Bristol Lung Centre, Southmead Hospital, Bristol BS10 5NB, UK
  1. andrewmedford{at}

As a patient, Dr Walshe encountered 17 different registrars in clinic without consultant reassessment.1 As a clinician, I have never encountered anything similar.

There is clearly a tension between the needs and expectations of patients (and referring GPs) to be seen by the consultant in …

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