Personal view

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 15 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1443

At the end of this article by Edmund Hey entitled “Accountability” (13 April, p 925) the author unfortunately said the opposite of what he had intended to say. The final three sentences should read: “The call for professionals to be held accountable in public for their care of patients is balanced by a simultaneous expectation that all the details of that care should remain confidential. It is seldom possible to have both [not “one without the other”]. Perhaps the public need to decide which they want.”


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