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Letters Learning from the Paterson case

Malpractice should be investigated proactively and holistically to identify underlying causes

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 23 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2510
  1. Simon R Peck, insurance medical officer
  1. Kingsbridge TQ7 4NG, UK
  1. dr.simon.peck{at}

I question what a public enquiry into the Paterson case will achieve.1 The facts are already in the public domain, and the theme of institutional failure to act effectively is familiar to us all. Much more useful, in my view, would be a review of how healthcare is regulated and how concerns might better be handled in future.

Malpractice does not occur in isolation, …

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