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Doctor criticises UK medical awards system

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  1. MeSci

    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6?

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    Doctor raises serious questions about medical awards system

    'Club culture' in British medicine must be replaced, argues senior heart doctor

    The system that awards national and academic honors to doctors is called into question by a senior doctor writing in The BMJ this week.

    Consultant cardiologist, Peter Wilmshurst, tells the story of Anjan Kumar Banerjee, a surgeon who spent the years 2002 to 2008 erased from the medical register for serious professional misconduct related to research fraud, financial misconduct, and substandard care.

    Yet in 2014 he was awarded an MBE "for services to patient safety."

    More here.
     
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  2. TiredSam

    TiredSam The wise nematode hibernates

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    Yup.
     
  3. SilverbladeTE

    SilverbladeTE Senior Member

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    Jobs for the boys
    honours for the boys
    cash for the boys
    untouchable for the boys
    boys for the boys....

    it's all corrupt as hell
     
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  4. charles shepherd

    charles shepherd Senior Member

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  5. barbc56

    barbc56 Senior Member

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    Why so many Dames and Sirs? I'm not sure which titles are earned and which are a matter of
    happenstance. Are the sirs the same as being knighted by the queen, if that's what it's called?

    Do these titles help one get on a committee? I think I have an idea of the answer but it would be just a guess.
     
  6. ithought

    ithought

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    Very much jobs for the boys... You scratch my back and I will scratch yours...
     
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  7. sarah darwins

    sarah darwins I told you I was ill

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    And you would be right ;-)

    A knighthood (what a sir or a dame has been granted) opens all kinds doors. It's an honorary, lifetime title (ie. not hereditary) and much sought after by the status conscious. And yes, a sir or a dame will have been 'dubbed' by Her Maj or a representative thereof.

    The UK's honours system is a terrible racquet, with most of the decision-making going on behind closed doors. Occasional half-hearted attempts are made to reform the system and make it more meritocratic but in truth it remains much more who you know than what you've done. Reforms are never likely to stick because the system is in the hands of people who have already benefitted from it (or know they stand to do so in future).
     
  8. MeSci

    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6?

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