Re: A chill in the air

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 60 , No. 1 , January February 2018 , Pages 10 Letters

I am an old man. I sat at the heels of Sir Alexander Fleming in London and discussed cases with Sir Denis Burkitt in Uganda.


I am an old man. I sat at the heels of Sir Alexander Fleming in London and discussed cases with Sir Denis Burkitt in Uganda.

Thankfully, I have not had to experience the humiliation of Dr Chapman’s colleagues under the faceless bureaucrats who intimidate the doctors and nurses working our present-day institutions.

Your readers will find this hard to believe, but I was once present at a medical staff meeting with a board of governors regarding a hospital administrator who, from evidence presented by the doctors, was relieved of his position.

I do urge Doctors of BC to support, in every way, those members who have been unfairly dismissed and to slow down the inexorable theft of our profession by bureaucracy.
—Robert Holmes, MD
Nicola Valley

Robert G. Holmes, MD. Re: A chill in the air. BCMJ, Vol. 60, No. 1, January, February, 2018, Page(s) 10 - Letters.



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