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BMJ. 2007 August 18; 335(7615): 318.
PMCID: PMC1949429
The Profession's Future

Is the BMJ fit for purpose?

Oliver R Dearlove, consultant anaesthetist

Where is the evidence for Jones's statement that the Shipman, Bristol, and Alder Hey inquiries, and a litany of errors, shook the foundations of public trust and professional confidence?1 My attempts to elicit such evidence from him have so far been unsuccessful. I am aware, however, of a MORI poll that suggested that confidence in the medical profession had not been dented.2

In this evidence based age, the journal's editor should ensure that her editorialists provide evidence for their assertions. False premises make for unreliable conclusions.

One basis for stating that Shipman has dented patient confidence is that the government wants it to be so, because this serves to promote the wasteful non-starter called revalidation.

Notes

Competing interests: ORD has received a warning from the GMC and therefore is considered fit to practise.

References

1. Jones R. The future of the medical profession. BMJ 2007;335:53 (14 July.) [PMC free article] [PubMed]
2. Medical scandals leave trust in doctors unshaken. http://society.guardian.co.uk/nhsperformance/story/0,,487612,00.html

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