Senior doctors admit mistakes in campaign for more open culture

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 15 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:595
  1. Rebecca Coombes
  1. London

    More than a dozen senior British medical figures have publicly owned up to past clinical errors as part of a campaign to encourage other doctors to report incidents and improve the safety of patients.

    The doctors have contributed their stories to a handbook for junior doctors, published last week by the National Patient Safety Agency.

    The agency is calling on all doctors to report mistakes so that the root causes can be addressed. Research has shown that doctors are less likely than other health professionals to report when things go wrong because they do not have time or do not …

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