UK government and doctors agree to end “blame culture”

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 07 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:9
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

    The UK government and the medical profession have called for an end to the blame culture of the NHS in a joint statement that aims to raise standards of care.

    The declaration, drawn up by the chief medical officer for England, Professor Liam Donaldson, aims to put quality first in the NHS. It has been signed by leading members of the medical establishment, including Donald Irvine, president of the General Medical Council, Professor Denis Pereira Gray, chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and Barry Jackson, president of the Royal College of Surgeons.

    The document calls for the NHS to be more …

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