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Let’s be careful before restricting doctors’ freedom of speech

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1040 (Published 14 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1040
  1. David William Berger, general practitioner1
  1. 1Exmoor Medical Centre, Dulverton TA22 9EN, UK
  1. daveberger{at}gmail.com

The idea that doctors should not be free to say things that some people may find uncomfortable or distasteful is deeply troubling for two reasons.1

Firstly, it is an infringement of our rights to free speech. That must not be taken away so lightly. Ask the Bahraini medics in detention what they think.

Secondly, it stifles discussion …

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