”Doctors need to change in line with modern medicine”. This was the advice of Sir Cyril Chantler, chair of UCL Partners, speaking at the annual Marsden Lecture at the Royal Free Hospital.
”Modern medicine has changed so doctors need to change. If they do, they will clearly continue to benefit their patients and would be more content,” he said.
He said there were three paradoxes at the heart of medicine:
- Doctors have never before been able to do so much for patients but doctors are still criticised and unhappy
- Society has never spent so much on health care but health care is still short of resources
- People have never lived so long but the prevalence of disease and disability has never been higher
The answers, Sir Cyril argued, were for doctors to get to the absolute root of patients’ problems when diagnosing. “We need to go further than just what is obviously wrong. What is wrong and why is it wrong?”
Key to delivering on this were a “broad and deep” scientific education for doctors and taking responsibility for individual patients, population health and the delivery of healthcare.
Underpinning all of this should be solid team work and a good relationship between managers and leaders within the organisation.
“The art of leadership is of the spirit, compounded of personality and vision; the science of management is of the mind, a matter of calculation, statistics, timetables and routine. Together everyone achieves more.”
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Notes to editors
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