Eur J Plast Surg (2004) 27:288–290 DOI 10.1007/s00238-004-0641-y IN VI TED C ONTRIBU TI ON David E. Tolhurst Accepted: 8 April 2004 / Published online: 12 October 2004 Springer-Verlag 2004 the government to conceal the true state of affairs. For Introduction example, the hospital which is in the prime minister’s Almost 1 year ago the editorial board agreed to the idea electoral district was found to be performing unsatisfac- that it would be useful if this journal published a series of torily and as a result its star rating was reduced. Within a articles or guidelines on plastic surgery training in the EU very short period the then health secretary apparently countries. Specialists from member states have for some ordered a “re-evaluation” of the hospital’s performance years been able to settle in any of the EU countries and with the expected result! When later accused of manip- register there as specialists without undertaking any fur- ulating the figures and abusing his position of power his ther training or examinations. Although this is in the spirit initial response was “tosh”, a slang word meaning rub- of European integration or harmonisation, there have been bish, which was not a very convincing
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