No blame should be apportioned in corporate failure

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7321.1130 (Published 10 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1130
  1. David Hall, professor of community paediatrics (d.hall@sheffield.ac.uk)
  1. Institute of General Practice, Community Sciences Building, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield S5 7AU

    EDITOR—Hey and Chalmers express concern about the Griffiths report and the prolonged suspension of two paediatricians at North Staffordshire Hospital.1 I share their concerns.

    The Griffiths inquiry faced several difficulties.

    Firstly, few researchers, however meticulous, can instantly produce all the relevant data and records from projects completed some years earlier.

    Secondly, the resources and range of expertise needed to conduct such a …

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