Letters Named consultant for hospital patients

A call to reduce diffusion of responsibilities

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1627 (Published 19 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1627
  1. S J McNulty, consultant physician1,
  2. P Williams, consultant physician1
  1. 1St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust, Prescot L35 5DR, UK
  1. sid{at}doctors.org.uk

Jeremy Hunt’s speech calling for a new model of care in the NHS to tackle the “fragmentation of care experienced by patients in hospital” was based on evidence from a US study that showed that giving patients a named whole stay doctor reduces average length of stay.1 Why have we …

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