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Editor – We must never forget that pain over expressions such
“blunders or botchers” fades into insignificance by comparison with that
of the people who have lost loved-ones.
Only following Bristol, Alder Hey, Shipman Ledward and Elwood do we now
have action aimed at eliminating medical treatment’s avoidable hazards. It
is incredible that so high risk an activity still has no national system
for gathering, analysing and learning from mistakes.
Let us pray, doctors and patients alike, that the proposed measures will
succeed and provide a worthy memorial to all those who suffered and died
in these scandals and as a result of other unnecessary errors.
Roger M. Goss
BMJ Editorial Board
1 Smith J. A register of blunders or botchers. BMJ 2000; 1738. (24