What makes a good doctor? Why are there bad doctors out there still practising? And how can we protect patients, increase trust and improve medical care? What is the difference between a good doctor and a ‘good enough’ doctor? In ‘The Good Doctor. What patients want’, Ron Paterson examines these questions and offers ‘a prescription for change’ to improve patient care.
He is well placed to offer an authoritative view. With law degrees from the University of Auckland and Oxford University, Ron Paterson is Professor of Health Law and Policy at the University of Auckland and was Health and Disability Commissioner from 2000 to 2010.
Well researched, with clear and logical arguments, I feel this book has an important place in today’s move towards patient autonomy alongside the need to preserve professional integrity. It deserves to be influential in bringing about the changes he suggests.