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politically correct | medical contact

You also know them: those fellows who have nothing to do with political correctness and who use the adage “I only say what I think.” Sure, this isn’t always wise, but a little candor often leads to good discussions.

This was reminded of when I read Marcel Levy’s column. He is upset that after a long meeting the World Health Organization came to the conclusion that the current name of monkeypox is disgrace and racism. According to the latest WHO guidelines, names of new diseases or viral variants should not be offensive to “cultural, social, national or ethnic groups, and negative impacts on animal welfare should be minimized.” At the time, I could still agree with the idea that the ‘Wuhan virus’ might be somewhat of a disgrace to the Chinese humans, but I also think that goes too far. It’s curious what our cat thinks about cat scratch disease in the home.

It’s strange what our cat thinks of cat scratch disease

Here you can read our interview with Minister VWS Kuipers. And where you might expect all kinds of politically correct answers, you can read, among other things, that he doesn’t think our care is at all first-class and that the changes we advocate cannot be pain-free—not even for doctors. He also remembers not making an appearance during a GP demonstration in Malefield. The conversation took place in the days when the question of whether an integrated sponsorship agreement could be signed after negotiations between VWS and all kinds of sponsorship parties, which is why he kept the cards on his chest about it for a while. We now know, as at Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, that sometimes the absence of guests tells us more about the liaisons than the ones that were there. But general practitioners will likely find this to be politically correct.



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