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David Oliver: Blaming hospitals for systemwide problems will make winter bleaker

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4553 (Published 03 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4553

Re: David Oliver: Blaming hospitals for systemwide problems will make winter bleaker

I completely agree with Professor Oliver's comment 'it is wrong to hold hospital leaders and teams solely to account for problems beyond their doors and not in their gift to solve' and, in general, there are too many instances, both within the NHS and outside of it, when people [or categories of people] are blamed for problems not of their making, and when the people being blamed could not resolve the problems. Doubtless, however, such 'inappropriate blaming' will continue. At least, those incorrectly being blamed, do then have an opportunity to give a more detailed description of the problems, as viewed from their own perspective: whether those doing the blaming will listen, is a different issue.

Competing interests: No competing interests

03 October 2017
Michael H Stone
Retired Non Clinical
None Private Individual
Coventry CV2 4HN