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No medical innovation without accessible documentation

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 14 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3151
  1. Iain Chalmers, coordinator1,
  2. Lester Firkins, former chair, James Lind Alliance2
  1. 1James Lind Initiative, Summertown Pavilion, Oxford OX2 7LG, UK
  2. 2Witham CM8 3NN, UK
  1. ichalmers{at}

Rawlins refers to Judge Butler-Sloss’s forceful criticism of the Bolam principle while she was president of the High Court’s Family Division—that it leaves doctors open to legal action for negligence if they depart from what is regarded as “the standard of care.”1 We have direct experience of the …

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