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Doctor bashing and the brain drain

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 06 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5358
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
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There is talk of a so called brain drain and flight from the NHS as more doctors seek certificates to work abroad.1 2 The reasons given are working conditions but also persistent doctor bashing from a hostile and negative media. I have a confession. I have written for the Daily Mail group, spoken with journalists, been critical of the profession, and caused upset. I rationalise that difficult things need saying, and things need to change. So are doctors being too sensitive and defensive about media criticism? Is there really a brain drain? And did the bygone era after which …

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