Congratulations to Dr Al-Rais for speaking up, and to those readers who have supported his comments.
We daily lament the state of our struggling, underfunded NHS, and listen in disbelief as politicians deny, in terms often flippant or antagonistic, that the problems are largely of their making.
And how do we often behave to each other ?
With incivility and abuse that might be judged “ unparliamentary language “ by the Speaker of the House of Commons.
Should we be surprised ? Unfortunately not.
Well hidden, at least from the eyes of busy, senior colleagues, in the Careers Section of the BMJ, have been a number of recent reports concerning the extent and the potential dangers of rude and offensive exchanges between doctors. (1, 2)
Many of the doctors concerned may be BMA members, which should ignite the BMJ’s attempts to highlight and discuss this serious problem.
Is it likely the BMJ will confront the problem ?
Experience suggests the BMJ will not do so. (3)
1 Tom Moberly, BMJ Careers, 23rd Sept 2015
2 Abi Rimmer, BMJ Careers, 4th Jan 2016
Competing interests: The writer has been labelled bogus, a naked quack, etc. etc, by numerous professors and senior colleagues in these columns. With mentors like these, little wonder if their staff copy bad habits. ( I am appraised annually, and was revalidated in 2015.)