Published: 20/12/2001, Volume III, No.5786 Page 23

Though it was not an original comment, Jack Nicklaus said of Tiger Woods: 'He plays a game with which I am not familiar.'

My feelings on reading 'On the side walk' (pages 22-25, 29 November) about doctors in management were similar.

In this trust, almost all the senior managers' posts (and budgets) are held by clinicians, and the structure is working.

Perhaps that is partly because management in its various guises is carried out by all staff groups and grades. Everyone is encouraged to participate in management and clinical governance by adverse incident reporting and by suggesting new ways to work. The historical distinction between managers and clinicians has all but disappeared. Your article is based on an outdated definition of management.

Richard Mason Clinical director - imaging University College London Hospitals trust