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Towards the emancipation of patientsPatients' experiences and the patient movement$
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Charlotte Williamson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427458

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427458.001.0001

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Allies and antagonists

Allies and antagonists

(p.156) (p.157) Nine Allies and antagonists
Towards the emancipation of patients

Charlotte Williamson

Policy Press

This chapter examines the radical and conservative doctors who are considered allies and antagonists of the patient movement. It explains that the minority of doctors who are radical tend to support radical patient activists' ideas and definitions of higher standards. The chapter suggests that radical and conservative alignments and positions in doctors are important because doctors and activists working together can articulate new standards successfully. It contends that it is important to consider the cultural and political implications of these alliances and antagonisms in order to help the royal colleges and other institutions or groups set and secure the implementation of the high standards which should characterise healthcare.

Keywords:   doctors, patient movement, antagonism, alliances, cultural implications, political implications, royal colleges

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