(Not available without a subscription, the citation is: Anonymous. The unspoken issue that haunts the UK general election. Lancet 2005; 365: 1515.)
Here are some key quotes:
- "But sadly, Labour, Conservative, and Liberal Democrat politicians have failed to address the single most important factor hindering the improvement of health services - the catastrohic collapse in morale among doctors. Doctors at all levels within the NHS are utterly demoralised."
- "They are cynical about a new cadre of managers who have little clinical understanding but create a massively overmanaged health service. And they feel let down by their own leaders, who have consistently failed to articulate a positive and assertive vision about the contribution modern medicine makes to society."
- "What UK medicine needs is a new and stronger political voice, one that is more concerned with augmenting professional standards than with protecting professional status."