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Letters Regulation

Clinical governance can become oppressive

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 15 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:549
  1. D B Double, consultant psychiatrist (
  1. Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Norwich NR6 5BE

    Bruce mentions the climate of fear and the culture of defensive practice created by increasing regulation of doctors.1 The government white paper on which his editorial is based recognises that there has been managerial over-reaction in NHS trusts.2 It also concedes that more should be done to ensure clinical …

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