Reporting poorly performing doctors may seem an expensive waste of time

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7024.187d (Published 20 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:187

EDITOR,—If doctors are to be forced to report colleagues whom they consider to be incompetent then the exact mechanisms and procedures need to be streamlined and spelt out.1 2 Several years ago I and two consultant colleagues became so alarmed at the standard of practice of another consultant in our unit that we approached our unit general manager and the regional health authority. Both were receptive, having had longstanding worries about the situation.

Instead of organising an inquiry the regional health authority informed us that we had to …

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