The consultant. Part 2.

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About this work


Edie Stark investigates the role of the consultant in hospitals. Some scandals about surgeons have undermined their elite status, so they can feel 'hunted' by the media. Patients have far more power over decisions than in the past, for example, one woman, given more information about her blood, could not decide whether to have a caesarian or not, and held up the whole hospital surgery team. There is considerable conservatism about surgeons - it is a bit like public school, army mess room - and few women become surgeons. A discussion follows on the numbers of women surgeons, and the prejudice against them.


London : BBC Radio 4, 2001.

Physical description

1 sound cassette (30 min.)

Copyright note

BBC Radio


Broadcast on 9th January 2001

Creator/production credits

Presented by Edie Stark. Also participating are Andrew McMahon; Ruth Cochrane; Charlotte Danham-Williams (Lewisham Hospital); Tim Park (Glasgow)



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