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Helen Salisbury: Should I persuade patients to have mammograms?

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1409 (Published 03 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1409

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Re: Helen Salisbury: Should I persuade patients to have mammograms?

Dr. Salisbury is to be congratulated on her honesty. No GP should be put in this position of being rewarded for meeting targets of compliance with screening, whilst denying the patient the right of informed choice. The NHSBSP management must shoulder this responsibility by setting out the pros and cons of screening for breast cancer without making any covert coercion. As chance would have it I'm off to Lugano in two weeks to be interviewed on Swiss TV in a programme that celebrates the de-implementation of screening by mammography in Switzerland.

Competing interests: No competing interests

04 April 2019
Michael Baum
Prof emeritus of surgery
UCL
London