Doctors urged to be kind – to each other

'Why are doctors so unkind to each other? What has happened to collegiality?' Australian clinicians ask

From offering a tired surgeon a cup of tea after a tough night in theatre, to a simple thankyou or smile, doctors are being urged to treat each other with more kindness, especially at handover time.

Doctors pride themselves on compassion for their patients, but can be judgmental and critical of each other, creating a negative culture, write the authors of a Medical Journal of Australia reflection.