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Legal safeguards for audit process are a bad idea

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 04 December 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1499
  1. Kieran Walshe, senior research fellow (
  1. Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2RT

    EDITOR—Beresford and Evans argue unconvincingly that the process of quality improvement in healthcare organisations in the United Kingdom should be protected from public view by confidentiality arrangements.1 These arrangements would prevent individual clinicians being identified and would give legal protection to quality improvement activities and their results so that they could not be used in legal actions against healthcare professionals or healthcare organisations.

    No other professional groups or organisations in the United Kingdom of which I am aware have such legal protection …

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