Not reading and signing letters you have dictated is dangerous

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7292.992 (Published 21 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:992
  1. Stanley Shere, consultant psychiatrist
  1. Woodley House, Nackington Road, Canterbury, Kent CT4 7AX

    EDITOR—For some time I have been unhappy at the number of letters that I receive unsigned, usually from fellow consultants but more recently also from general practitioners. After the warm best wishes at the end of the letter they usually state “Dictated but sent unsigned to avoid delay”; as we both know, this is almost always totally untrue.

    I know many consultants who virtually never sign their letters and, worryingly, never read them after dictating them. To add insult to injury, I …

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