We can communicate better thanks to the new actBMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1563 (Published 24 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1563
- Peter N Furness, president
- 1Royal College of Pathologists, London SW1Y 5AF
The recent article describes a disastrous communication breakdown—as usual, at a point of transfer between two systems.1 In this case, from health care to law.
With this transfer, secrecy descends to protect the purity of any evidence that might subsequently be presented in court. The NHS has no option here; helping the relatives is not the primary purpose of the …