Letters

Professional negligence

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6995.1671 (Published 24 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1671

Negligence cannot be decided by offending doctor

  1. R H Davies
  1. Consultant paediatrician Gwynedd Community NHS Trust, Tregarth, Gwynedd LL57 4PW

    EDITOR,—As a doctor with some experience as an expert witness in writing reports on medicolegal cases I agree with the general thrust of the editorial by Jean Ritchie and Sally Davies: that doctors should be candid to patients and carers about the progress or otherwise of their patients.1 However, the article continually mentioned the desirability of doctors disclosing to patients if they have been “negligent.” That is wrong. Whether …

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