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Thank you for your suggestions regarding medical responsibility. In
the early nineties, prompted by my own patient experiences, I wrote a
letter to Student BMJ urging medical students to speak out when they had
concerns about patient care. How many whistleblowers have been sacked or
moved to Australia since then?
If enough doctors and students were given the chance to retain their
integrity, patient care and safety would be profoundly enhanced - as would
doctors' job satisfaction. It is not only the patient who is damaged when
care is not patient-centred but no-one speaks out.
'Nothing Personal: disturbing undercurrents in cancer care',
Radcliffe Publishing, is germane to this debate and is a winner of the
Medical Journalists' Association Open Book Awards 2009.