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Cultivating candour about our mistakes

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 05 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4121
  1. Stephen P Hibbs, junior doctor1,
  2. Rachel T Clarke, core medical trainee1,
  3. Tim J Littlewood, associate director of clinical studies2
  1. 1Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK
  2. 2University of Oxford Clinical Medical School, Oxford OX3 9DU, UK
  1. stephenpeterhibbs{at}

Oliver raises the important point that those responsible for organising healthcare must also be candid about their mistakes if they expect clinicians to do the same.1 We believe that another key ingredient in cultivating candour is to organise safe spaces for junior doctors to share their experiences of making …

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