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Brexit: doctors’ duty is to inform patients

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l5382 (Published 05 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5382

Re: Brexit: doctors’ duty is to inform patients Reply to Prof Dodge’s latest response

Dear Prof Dodge
I have not worked as far away as you have. You have worked as an academic. My NHS experience, very limited, has been about four years less than yours and confined to England and the English county in Wales ( Monmouthshire). And I was a doctor in clinical medicine and in various forms of epidemiology and management.
You exclude doctors from your criticism. I lay the major portion of the blame at the doors of the DOCTORS . The public has contempt for politicians. It doe not believe them. It does trust doctors. Doctors bleat of being short-handed. They say lives COULD be a risk.
Yet, instead of saying in words of one syllable -
AT ST SWITHINS THERE IS SHORTFALL OF THREE ANAESTHETISTS. UNTIL IT IS RECTIFIED, WE THE CONSULTANT SURGEONS WILL STOP ADMITTING NEW PATIENTS ,
What do they actually do? They go on operating, they might be unfit to drive from tiredness. They might kill themselves.
But the public will never know the real score.
Let us remember that managers ( or EXECUTIVES) are there to produce GOOD NEWS for the government- even if is FAKE NEWS.
The doctors’ moral duty is towards their patients.
The General Medical Council?
Look at their promises to make things better at the chaotic mega hospital in Glasgow. Look back, Prof Dodge, at your inspection visits in Africa etc. Did you, would you, have, would you not have withdrawn recognition from hospitals of this degree of shambles in respect of patient safety, doctors’ ability to properly treat the patients?
Sincerely
Dr JK Anand.

Competing interests: No competing interests

14 September 2019
JK Anand
Retired doctor
Free spirit
Peterborough, England