Make the care of the patient your first concern

An important message to Jeremy Hunt

LEFT & WRITE

Open letter to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, 22/07/2015
By Dr. L Bradbeer

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt gives a speech on safety in hospitals during a visit Birmingham Children's Hospital. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt gives a speech on safety in hospitals during a visit Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

“Make the care of the patient your first concern.”

This is the cardinal rule of Good Medical Practice, the handbook issued to every medical student by the GMC at the dawn of their training. Ask any doctor: we have this rule as deeply ingrained throughout medical school as any physiological action or pharmacological mechanism. We probably mumble it in our sleep.

And we try to. We try so damned hard. Along with the nurses, the allied healthcare professionals, and all the auxiliary teams – we do what we can with meagre staffing levels and stretched resources pitted against relentless “efficiency savings“. We work and work and work, in a miasma of demoralisation that has only thickened over the…

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