Intended for healthcare professionals


Layperson nominated to chair GMC for first time

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 13 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1045

In Praise of the Laity

Society’s institutions are controlled by oxbridge-ivy-league professionals, who
ostensibly represent “the best and the brightest.” Government is controlled by
top lawyers; medicine is controlled by top doctors; banking is controlled by top
economists; and education is controlled by top professors. The net effect is
that society is controlled by homogeneous coalitions of elite professional
insiders who cloak their arcane activities with esoteric jargon. I propose that all
societal institutions be controlled by redbrick laypersons who can apply
common sense and function as conduits between the professionals and the
public. This will provide some long-overdue transparency and accountability
over wealthy, powerful, inscrutable institutions whose members tend to be
arrogant and condescending. Sometimes the brightest are not the best.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

17 March 2009
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA