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Letters Demise of occupational medicine

Challenging times for occupational medicine

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 03 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6440
  1. Richard Heron, president1,
  2. Robin Cordell, president2
  1. 1Faculty of Occupational Medicine, London WC1X 8TA, UK
  2. 2Society of Occupational Medicine, London WC1H 9BB, UK
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Raynal rightly highlights challenging times for occupational medicine.1 However, to parody Mark Twain, “reports of our demise have been greatly exaggerated.”

It is true that there has been a decline in Health and Safety Executive (HSE) resources dedicated to preventing work related ill health. Although some would argue that this mirrors the changing nature of work—away from manufacturing to service industries—exposure to harmful conditions remains …

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