Half of English hospital doctors fear raising concerns, finds survey

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 27 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7053
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

A survey of more than 800 doctors working in hospitals in England indicates that the days of an open culture in the NHS are still a long way off, after nearly half the respondents (46%) said that they were fearful of the personal consequences of raising concerns.

The survey, conducted by the medical indemnity provider the Medical Protection Society, found that 40% of respondents had little or no confidence that recent inquiries into failings in the NHS would have a positive effect on the culture of their hospital trust.

The survey was sent in November by email to 12 000 hospital doctors in …

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