‘Doctors must learn care and compassion’: Prince Charles claims modern medicine is putting the ‘human touch’ at risk

Writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, His Royal Highness made a heartfelt plea to the medical profession to foster a climate of care and compassion yesterday.”


The Health Service must learn to listen to its patients and be more caring, Prince Charles said yesterday. Modern medicine and technology are putting the ‘human touch’ at risk, according to the heir to the throne.



In a heartfelt plea, he said medical schools should try to foster a climate of care and compassion among doctors. Charles’s intervention follows a series of reports of appalling treatment by NHS staff, including dying patients left screaming for water.


He called on doctors and nurses to heed what patients say so they can develop the ‘healing empathy’ so badly needed.