Helen Salisbury: Keeping politics out of the consulting roomBMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l786 (Published 26 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l786
- Helen Salisbury, GP
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Whatever my political views, I aim to be entirely neutral during a consultation. Patients come to me for medical advice, and my job is to diagnose, treat, empathise, and facilitate their route through illness and care. I try to be unremarkable: my views are irrelevant to the consultation, which is all about the patient. If patients sometimes forget whether they saw me or one of my colleagues I see it as positive—we’re all doing a good enough job.
But, despite my best efforts, politics do intrude, brought by patients into many consultations. If I ask why my patient’s depression has got worse, …