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Where are the medical voices raised in protest?

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 21 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:660

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Failure of the medical voice

Comparing notes with medics at international conferences has been
deeply depressing for many years. Despite all the new cash it continues to
be so. Knowing what treatment is available in other countries, and then not
letting the British Public know what treatment they should have, and
thereby forcing the government to do the right thing, makes us as doctors
responsible for the poor state of the NHS. Opinion polls always demonstrate
that doctors are trusted ahead of politicians and journalists and the
public could therefore be appealed to directly. Unfortunately the medical
profession is too hierarchial and the leadership is too often far from
the business of looking after patients as well as being too vulnerable to
persuasion of many varieties.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

27 September 2006
Rod Storring
42 Felstead Rd
London E112QJ