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April/May 2016 (vol. 12/6)

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Letter: The State of Occupational Medicine

Summary:

Recent articles by occupational physicians Steve Boorman1,2 and Anne Raynal3 put forward their visions for the future of occupational health (OH). But are those visions healthy? Specific points raised in these articles need careful examination.

For me, the vision of future OH as presented in these articles is as a state-owned enterprise, either funded by the NHS or imposed as a tax on employers. Although presented as being for the benefit of OH in general, both visions are primarily centred on occupational physicians (OPs). Raynal seems irritated that OPs might be questioned and challenged. Boorman, on the other hand, seems to want OH …

Author: Anderson J

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Occupational Health at Work April/May 2016 (vol. 12/6) pp9

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