“We need people who do not doubt our good intentions, but are prepared to tell us things others are not” – Dr Helen Williamson, RCPath, p 185 in ‘Nothing Personal, disturbing undercurrents in cancer care’. I was fortunate to have worked alongside Dr Williamson in the Royal College of Pathologists’ Lay Advisory Council which comprised 6 doctors and 6 lay people. ‘No tokenism’ was the rule – the LAC was fully integrated into College working due to Dr Willamson’s efforts and leadership, and that of her colleagues.
And now I am fortunate once again, having been invited to join Dr Robin Youngson in the bmj editorial of the Christmas edition.
Compassionate doctors are the Great ‘Men’ of Medicine.
BMJ Editorial: Humanising healthcare. Dr Robin Youngson is an anaesthetist in New Zealand.