"a person with an opinion and no data is just another person with an opinion"
The perspective by Essex is hair-raising. Does he really believe that
"mental health professionals rarely communicate with others, so they can't
be accountable"? Or "no one knows what they do, and they can't be accused
of not sending letters if there are no letters"! Come off it. We regularly
write to patients and colleagues and are proactive as a profession
ensuring patients are involved in their care planning.
I think what he mean is that HE does not know what we do, after all "a
person with an opinion and no data is just another person with an
opinion". Rather than attending day meetings on writing to patients maybe
he should spend a morning with a psychiatrist in clinic to reflect on his
Specialist Registrar in General Adult and Old Age Psychiatry
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