Medical manslaughter

By AnthonyLast updated: Friday, June 2, 2006 • Save & ShareOne Comment

The director of the ADR unit I work at has published some research in manslaughter charges brought against doctors. It is reported in The Guardian. Here is a key message:

“In the case of doctors, there are two choices – either we continue to perpetuate the myth of perfection, or we examine the system in which they work. Threats or fears of prosecution do not result in better health systems – rather they lead to cover-ups where fault remains hidden and more patients die.”

The full paper is at the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

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