Intended for healthcare professionals


Physician associates—what do they do?

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 31 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4661

Rx for Hospitals

The hospital is a battlefield in which doctors and nurses fight sickness. Doctors are officers, and nurses are enlisted. Doctors have authority, issue orders, enjoy comforts, and receive rewards; while nurses lack authority, take orders, do dirty work, and receive blame. This gross inequality is counterproductive, because it hurts nurses, creates internecine conflict, subverts the hospital’s mission, and subjects patients to suboptimal healthcare. The Hippocratic Oath should include the doctor-nurse relationship.

Competing interests: No competing interests

05 September 2016
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA