Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Medicine’s Leveson

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1671 (Published 07 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1671
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}yahoo.co.uk

The Leveson inquiry into the culture, practice, and ethics of the UK newspaper industry is running like a tabloid scoop, with daily, star studded exposés. But it has taken a new turn. Incestuous relationships between public institutions and the media are alleged to have bred a culture of illegal undisclosed payments to public officials. This is clearly intolerable and wrong but results from a cultural change. Such change is driven by unpredictable events, in spite of the government’s attempts to change culture through crude and expensive initiatives. And change is coming to a profession near you too. …

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