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Systematic clinical accountability is required

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 06 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1109
  1. William G Pickering, medical practitioner (
  1. 7 Moor Place, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 4AL

    EDITOR–“Doctors,” writes Hey “being human, will sometimes give flawed advice.”1 In this, at least, he is correct. As a paediatrician he will well remember the Cleveland affair when there was so much medically flawed advice given to so many people that it required a judge to intervene.2 Lessons, alas, were …

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