Better health in new year?
Published 14/12/2006 | 00:11
NEW regulations to protect doctors and their patients, albeit in different ways, will be a good New Year gift for the health service and for people generally.
Still, it is difficult to understand how the system deteriorated to the extent that many patients feel they cannot complain about their treatment and why so many doctors are apparently afraid to admit their own failings.
Although public disquiet about the state of the health service usually centres on lack of resources, doctors themselves are not immune to criticism.