The BMJ interview: Sir Liam Donaldson: Avoiding the painful truth and scapegoats

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7575.970-a (Published 02 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:970
  1. Daniel McQueen, specialist registrar in psychotherapy (Daniel.McQueen@wlmht.nhs.uk)
  1. Cassel Hospital, West London Mental Health Trust, Richmond TW10 7JF

    EDITOR—I write with reference to the BMJ interview with the chief medical officer, Sir Liam Donaldson.1 I do not support his proposal that the standard of proof should be the civil standard when adjudicating about a doctor's performance.2

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    Credit: MARK THOMAS

    The individual doctor is the natural target when things go wrong and someone is needed to carry the blame, but this is scapegoating. …

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