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Perspectives

'Copying letters to patients is coming to a clinic near you'

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7402.1330 (Published 12 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1330

"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
opinions.

Ray Goggins

Specialist Registrar in General Adult and Old Age Psychiatry

Competing interests:  
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

25 June 2003
R Goggins
SpR in Old Age Psychiatry
BS15 1LF
Cossham Hospital, Bristol