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Letters Writing outpatient letters to patients

Outpatient letters to patients: a less authoritarian tone

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 13 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m951
  1. Gerald Freshwater, retired specialist occupational physician
  1. Lerwick, UK
  1. freshwater.sms{at}

For around 10 years, the General Medical Council has required occupational physicians to provide to patients, on request, copies of any report they have written for whoever commissioned it. We have become accustomed to making these reports …

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