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David Oliver: Let’s argue about statistics

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5649 (Published 21 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5649

Re: David Oliver: Let’s argue about statistics

David Oliver’s comments on Mr Hunt’s reductionist notion that we should not ‘argue about statistics’ are spot on. Unfortunately, it is not the first time our health secretary has alluded to such an opinion.

Last November when confronted on ITV national news by Tom Bradby with the assertion that surely our job as doctors was “sorting out information, processing it, understanding it”, Mr Hunt directly replied “well their job is actually to look after patients…what they have is a government and a health secretary who is saying we want to help you do a better job”

Don’t question, do.

If this wasn’t so serious, his attitude would be laughable.

Competing interests: No competing interests

29 October 2016
Aoife Abbey
ST4, Intensive Care Medicine
West Midlands