Stronger leadership from doctors will encourage renaissance in medicine
May 17, 2005 - 6:06:00 PM
There are some who say that the profession does not have a solution to its problems, but I disagree and believe that it is distinctly possible to bring about a renewal of professionalism. What we need is a determination to espouse the cause of patient centredness and partnerships with patients."
By Royal College of General Practitioners, UK, [RxPG] Stronger leadership from doctors will encourage a renaissance in the medical profession the Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), Dr Mayur Lakhani, will suggest in an address to the Trinity Medical Society, Oxford.
Dr Lakhani will suggest that the profession has to some extent lost its way recently with a leadership vacuum that has allowed a culture of managerial and state dominated regulation. While commending students for choosing medicine as a career option, Dr Lakhani will argue that doctors have become tamed by political change and as a result there is low morale in the medical profession world wide.
There are some who say that the profession does not have a solution to its problems Dr Lakhani will say but I disagree and believe that it is distinctly possible to bring about a renewal of professionalism. What we need is a determination to espouse the cause of patient centredness and partnerships with patients.
The Medical Royal Colleges have a particularly important role to play in bringing about a renaissance in medicine and it is essential that the profession retains a strong voice in standard setting, Dr Lakhani will assert.
I am proud to be a doctor and love my profession. A strong profession is important for society. I am very pleased that so many students want to do medicine as a career. Future doctors would do well by embracing high standards and patient centeredness as the bedrock of a new professionalism.
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Dr Lakhanis address will be given on Saturday 14 May 2005 at Trinity College, Oxford at 7.00 pm.
The Royal College of General Practitioners is the largest membership organisation in the United Kingdom solely for GPs. It aims to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and to act as the voice of GPs on issues concerned with education; training; research; and clinical standards. Founded in 1952, the RCGP has over 22,500 members who are committed to improving patient care, developing their own skills and promoting general practice as a discipline.
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