Can we trust medical training?
A recent BBC radio programme asked whether doctors today are up to scratch. Christopher Hands reports on whether these concerns are justified
People trust doctors. The public has consistently voted doctors top in a poll of how much it trusts different professionals since the poll was first conducted in 1983 (www.ipsos-mori.com/trust/truth.shtml). Despite a series of well publicised difficulties in the 1990s and early 2000s, including the scandal of organ retention at Alder Hey hospital, in Liverpool, and the affair of Harold Shipman, the GP who murdered his patients, in the 2006 survey 90% of people trusted doctors to do their job very well or fairly well.
Where's the Femur?, a BBC Radio 4 programme broadcast on 1 January, hints that the man in the street might be advised to change his opinion. The programme takes its title from an interview with an investment banker who told of a visit to her father in hospital. She described meeting a senior registrar and another junior doctor. At one point the registrar apparently claimed not