Re: GMC chair calls for more frontline consultant presence in hospitals
Clare Marx and her colleagues may well know who the good, and not-so-good surgeons are, but those who work in theatre with them are in general less well informed. We know well how prompt, polite and people-friendly they are; we know how well they cope with stress & uncertainty; and we know how quick and careful they are - but we rarely know what happens to the patients in the days, weeks and months after surgery. The implication that bad surgeons are tolerated by colleagues is untrue: if a surgeon ticks our boxes we just assume that she ticks the patient’s.
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