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What does ‘responsible medical officer’ mean in a modern mental health service?

  • Peter Kennedy and Hugh Griffiths (a1)
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Dean (2001) found conflicting views among consultant psychiatrists about ‘what is actually meant by having responsible medical officer (RMO) status'. Many clearly feel that they are responsible for virtually all patients referred to secondary care: Tyrer et al (2001) found in a large audit many consultants with big personal case-loads of 200–300 patients. They concluded that the statutory duties of a RMO needed to be revised to avoid consultants merely becoming bureaucratic administrators of their case-load’.

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