Views & Reviews From the frontline

Patient safety

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 06 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:516
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}

    A colleague is stabbed a few miles from where I work. Thankfully she is alive and I hope that she will make a full recovery. Our thoughts are with her family and friends. I feel sadness and anger in equal measure that these things should happen. Then predictably and selfishly I fret about my own vulnerability, and “what ifs” pace the floor of my consciousness. Irrespective of where you work, general practice is harsher than many people believe—a small firm for printing antibiotic prescriptions and sick notes before golf it is certainly not. …

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