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David Oliver writes of the increasing fearfulness of doctors.
Where lie the causes, he asks.
Increasingly complex clinical situations, uncertainty, avoiding mistakes in the haste that understaffed departments demand ?
And all of this is happening ( Oliver quotes the BMA’s Chaand Nagpaul ) in an NHS culture “ where blame stifles learning.”
Is it fanciful to point out that senior doctors and NHS managers increasingly use fear, and blame, to discourage people from doing their own learning, from attempting to exercise their right to make decisions about the health of themselves and their families ? ( 1,2,3,4)
Anyone obliged to watch repetitive NHS waiting room videos, describing the allegedly grim outcomes of flu and measles, in the unvaccinated, may conclude that the natural history of self limiting diseases has been fuelled with fear, to some purpose.
Perhaps, to encourage people along a path chosen for them, while dismissing their right to the information they need to choose their own path.
Speak positively, and become more positive.
Engender fear, create a fearful milieu, and feel the fear.
Our Stone Age ancestors probably knew that ?