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No quick fixes

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 19 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:0

When things go wrong there is an understandable tendency to want to prevent future disasters and a less commendable one to find a scapegoat and leap to obvious solutions. Two papers in this week's issue remind us of the limitations of that approach.

On p 499 Charlotte Paul uses the experience in New Zealand after a hospital disaster to warn “against believing that internal self regulation by the medical profession is useless and should be discarded.” In the 1960s a study into cervical cancer at the National Women's …

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