BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 24 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1103

GP cooperatives in Scotland benefit patients and doctors: This article (17 October, p 1035) stated that an inquiry into Scottish cooperatives had been set up following the deaths of two babies after the local cooperative, Ayrshire Doctors on Call, had provided telephone advice. We failed to make it clear that no blame for the deaths was ever attributed to the cooperative. In one case, the sheriff said that the baby's death was a “predestined tragedy”; in the second the procurator fiscal decided that no fatal accident inquiry should take place.

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