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Was Rodney Ledward a statistical outlier?:Ledward's managers knew for 10 years that he was a risk

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7505.1449 (Published 16 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1449
  1. Nigel Dudley, consultant in elderly medicine (nigel.dudley@leedsth.nhs.uk)
  1. St James's University Hospital, Leeds LS9 7TF

    EDITOR—Looking at statistics will not add anything if managers are aware of problems that place patients at risk but fail to act, as happened in the Ledward case.1 2 Jean Ritchie QC chaired the inquiry into Rodney Ledward and found that as early as 1986, 10 years before his suspension, senior management was aware of Ledward's “high complication rate …

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