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Letters Care of elderly people

Is there freedom of speech in the medical profession?

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 08 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1484
  1. Claire Hilton, old age psychiatrist1
  1. 1CNWL NHS Foundation Trust, London NW1 7QY, UK
  1. claire.hilton{at}

Although the BMJ briefly and objectively mentioned the ombudsman’s report,1 2 the medical profession is all too muted. Geriatric nurses seem afraid to support the critics, and some doctors report feeling powerless to change things. I would have expected far more anger and outrage. But the truth is unpalatable and people recoil …

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