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Medical corruption in the UK

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h506 (Published 29 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h506
  1. Fiona Godlee, editor in chief, The BMJ
  1. fgodlee{at}bmj.com

Last year The BMJ launched an international campaign against corruption in healthcare. A single article was the spark: a personal view about the endemic culture of kickbacks to doctors in India (doi:10.1136/bmj.g3169). The campaign received widespread support from Indian doctors and the media, and it seems to have led to some positive change, if not yet enough. In an unprecedented move India’s then health minister acknowledged that corruption was a big problem. The government set up a special committee and has banned gifts to doctors and conference sponsorship by drug companies. The Indian Medical Association is working on a new code of medical ethics for private hospitals. And the Medical …

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