Monday, June 13, 2005

Intoxication "rife among doctors"

Another bad ER plot headline? (Note this is in the UK not US)


The British Medical Association has called for action over alcohol and drug abuse among medics after a BBC survey showed the problem was widespread.
BBC One's Real Story found over the last 10 years 750 hospital staff in England had been disciplined over alcohol and drug related incidents.

The BMA estimates one in 15 doctors could be abusing drugs and alcohol. BMA Ethics Committee chairman Michael Wilks said the profession was in denial and needed help to tackle the problem.

Doctors are known to be at least three times as likely to have cirrhosis of the liver - a sign of alcohol damage - than the rest of the population.

Obviously, we do not have this problem here.


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