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Anne Diamond | 14:05 UK time, Thursday, 4 October 2012

Doctor holds a Stethascope

We were talking about ward rounds today - and the grim prediction that they're a) dying out and b) could be phased out due to NHS financial cutbacks.

It immediately made me think of those old Carry On and Doctor In The House movies with those fantastic characters, Sir Lancelot Spratt, the consultant, and the scary Matron.

They were comic parodies of the real thing, but so many patients and nurses are nostalgic for that era of total discipline and co-ordination in our hospitals. Thoughts of the ward round disappearing are worrying. Even if your consultant was a crusty old curmudgeon like Sir Lancelot, you still valued your moments with him. Get rid of ward rounds, and I bet we'll never get to see our doctors face to face!



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