Thank you, Dr Mahy, for sharing your thoughts on the milieu of medical professionalism. This is to be considered as each of us sets out every day to deliver the highest quality of care to all patients across British Columbia. While I agree that physicians would gladly embrace greater independence within our health care system, it is not necessarily the cornerstone with which to effectively advocate on behalf of our patients. Every day, individually and collectively, we as a profession effectively advocate on behalf of our patients, both for their needs and those of our health care system. Doctors of BC is now enhancing this advocacy on behalf of the profession with the development of medical staff associations all across our province to support and grow physician leadership, our influence, indeed our very independence.
—Alan Ruddiman, MBBCh, Dip PEMP, FRRMS
President, Doctors of BC
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