Letters Institutional safety problem

Where is the NHS Macpherson?

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2722 (Published 06 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2722
  1. Martin W McNicol, retired physician and health authority and trust chairman1
  1. 1Beverley HU17 8HP
  1. mcnicol1{at}mcnicol1.karoo.co.uk

    Macpherson found an institutional problem of racism in the Metropolitan Police. The NHS seems to have an institutional problem about safety. Surely the failure of all the safety mechanisms at local, regional, and national levels in Staffordshire demand wider investigation than the narrow focus on the trust by the select committee, and the anecdotal approach of a recent conference.1 2

    That the responsible heads of the NHS suggest juniors should “make waves” seems superficial. Senior medical and nursing …

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