Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Editor's Choice

Covid-19: This time it’s personal for GPs

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: (Published 08 October 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m3898

Rapid Response:

Physician, Heal Thyself & Thy Profession

Dear Editor

Physicians who reflexively blame themselves or their patients for poor clinical outcomes are overlooking other possibilities. While it is true that some physicians make mistakes and that some patients don’t cooperate, it is equally true that healthcare is imperfect, and that some modalities simply don’t work. This is why physicians don’t enjoy better health than their patients. So disappointed or disaffected physicians and patients should learn to question the underlying assumptions and science of healthcare. 

Competing interests: No competing interests

09 October 2020
Hugh Mann