Dishonest doctors should not continue to practise

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7336.547/b (Published 02 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:547
  1. Nigel Dudley (Nigel.Dudley@leedsth.nhs.uk), consultant in elderly medicine
  1. St James's University Hospital, Leeds LS9 7TF

    EDITOR—Dishonesty and fraud are not acceptable behaviours in the NHS, and doctors should not be held to a lower standard than lawyers, who cannot be dishonest and continue to practise. 1 2 “The overwhelming majority of patients and professionals would not dream of stealing from the NHS. But a small minority of patients and health service staff are doing just that. Every time they commit fraud patients' care suffers. Those who are exploiting the system are not only …

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