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Letters Gagging and duty

Gagging on it?

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 02 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c601
  1. Frank W Arnold, doctor
  1. 1London
  1. arnold_frank{at}

    Tony Delamothe’s editor’s choice highlighted articles by Jonathan Gornall and Jane Cassidy that show the dangers of employers gagging doctors from raising serious concerns about patient safety.1 2 3 He observed that “George Orwell would have savoured the designation of these [employing authorities] as ‘trusts’.”

    The two articles show trusts behaving as “big brothers,” by silencing those who would speak the truth to protect senior …

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