BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39248.411424.AD1 (Published 21 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1328

There are three categories of complainants, according to the Medical Protection Society (Casebook 2007;15(2):8-9, www.MPS.org.uk). Vexatious ones (who are rare), those who have been harmed by a doctor's negligence and should be compensated, and, the largest group, those think they've been harmed by a doctor but who are usually just experiencing the natural course of their disease or who have recognised complications. It's the last group who could be kept out of the arms of lawyers if sufficient time is taken to explain things to them.

Members of the UK reserve armed forces who were sent to Iraq in 2003 experienced high rates of mental health problems compared with the regulars. An investigation into the reasons for this points to higher exposure to traumatic events, lower unit cohesion, …

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