Intended for healthcare professionals


Use of mobile phones in hospitals

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 12 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:767

What evidence?

Richard Brady states "There is increasing evidence of doctors who
have fallen foul of local authorities for inappropriate or unethical use
of mobile phones. These events have led to governmental policy change and
severe disciplinary action in some cases." I am fascinated as to what such
uses might be and why they, presumably, are confined to mobile phones? I
think it is reasonable to assume that doctors will be well aware that they
should not use the cameras on their phones, so it must be something else.
Can we know what this evidence is and what policy change is being referred

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

16 October 2006
Martin McKee
Professor of European Public Health
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine