Medical Professionalism

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I am a doctor, and have been a patient. I am a female general practitioner who is involved in the education of medical students. Undoubtedly these aspects of my identity influence the way that I will meet the materials which I will discuss in this work.

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Medical Professionalism in the UK: Patient Partnership as GovernmentalityIntroductionI am a doctor, and have been a patient. I am a female general practitioner who is involved in the education of medical students. Undoubtedly these aspects of my identity influence the way that I will meet the materials which I will discuss in this work. This essay will briefly examine the history of the institutions which determine concepts of medical professionalism in the UK. I have chosen to examine one aspect of medical professionalism which is orientation towards patients, as this is central to my identity as a medical practitioner. Here I will be applying a sociological imagination (Mills, 1970) to the concept of patients as partners which has emerged as a central theme in recent discussions of health policy and medical professionalism in the United Kingdom (UK). In particular, I will make use of the lens of governmentality(Johnson, 1995).History of the Institutions and Discourse of Medical Professionalism in the UKIn the UK, the General Medical Act of 1858 is generally seen as a significant step in the professionalization of medical practice. It allowed only doctors who were properly registered to be paid by the state for work under the Poor Law(Roberts, 2009). Prior to this medicine relied on a system of patronage, with the patient having significant power in the consultation(Jewson, 2009). The act was passed after several decades of call for reform by early Victo

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