The issue of doctors in management in the NHS is discussed and a model showing how these two key groups can work together most effectively and deal with potential conflict is offered. Four medical management styles, three management styles and three medical managerial structures are identified. When integrated into a matrix the best combinations of structure, medical and management styles can be identified. It is noted that there are only seven combinations that are likely to prove effective and that these should be taken into account when designing organisation structure in the NHS.
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