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Doctors Need To Become Whistleblowers After Medical Error

Tue, 08/17/2010 - 7:55am
Martin Young, MBChB, FCS(SA)

Perhaps the most important principle in practicing medicine, drummed into medical students and junior doctors time and time again, is to do no harm.  Our medical interventions and treatments can be given either too early, too late, or inappropriately, with sometimes terrible and tragic results.

Unfortunately, when doctors have harmed patients, the guidelines of what to do thereafter are not as clear, raising the question, “What should doctors do in these situations?”

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