5 Responses to “My last FT col”

  1. Derek Tunnicliffe September 23, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

    Will be sorry to see you leave, Margaret – but things haven’t been quite the same since the FT moved yor blog off their blog page. I will still follow your own blog (where you have fewer deadlines ?), though. However, you seem to have settled into discussions about less provocative issues of late – or is that jsut my assessment?

  2. Roisin McAuley September 25, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    I always read and enjoyed your column, so I was sorry to see in this morning’s FT that today’s was your last. I gather you are writing a book. Good luck! I look forward to reading it.

  3. Martin Budden September 28, 2010 at 7:31 am #

    I’ve enjoyed reading your column and have learned from reading it. I’m sorry to hear that you’ve now written your last.

    I’m surprised to read your comment about the dread and terror of getting things wrong – it’s only a newspaper column. I’m not saying you shouldn’t do your best to be accurate, but the consequences of a mistake are small and can be corrected in a subsequent column. Unlike your job as a GP, where the consequences of getting things wrong could be much more serious…

  4. Dr Aust September 28, 2010 at 1:06 pm #

    Sorry to hear the FT blog – a rare oasis of sanity among much of the mainstream media coverage of medicine and CAM – is going off-air, Margaret.

    Blog fatigue is something anyone who blogs over an extended period has to deal with, I guess. I find myself flagging after three years of twice-monthly-ish, so seven years of posting weekly, and in the full glare of a national forum, is quite something.

    Anyway, hope you will still be blogging here.

  5. Margaret McCartney
    margaretmccartney September 28, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    but Martin, in the consulting room I probably know the patient; I can get in touch if I think of a better idea later, I can discuss, make joint plans, check my patients’ understanding and answer queries and issues, and I can follow up to ensure that my diagnosis or management was reasonable and that I haven’t made errors.
    But in the media, you have no idea if you are doing damage. You might not ever find out. Supposing someone had misread or misinterpreted something, or supposing I hadn’t explained something properly? I have no idea. It’s tempting to assume that no news is good news, but that’s a trap I don’t want to fall into. I was taught to hope for the best but assume the worst: there’s no worse medicine than being never in doubt that what you’re doing is correct just because you want it to be correct. The problem is that so much uncertainty will always persist….