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Letters Doctors and their vulnerabilities

Are doctors wrong for stating the elephant in the room?

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k3117 (Published 18 July 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3117
  1. Eugene Y H Yeung, physician
  1. Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Lancaster LA1 4RP, UK
  1. eugeney{at}doctors.org.uk

Sokol’s article “Doctors shouldn’t reveal so much” reminded me of the tale of the emperor’s new clothes.1 But Sokol seems to glorify people who stay quiet and criticise those who state the elephant in the room.

Doctors’ candour raises concerns about healthcare that readers debate to find solutions. According to the General Medical Council’s Good Medical Practice, doctors must promote and encourage a …

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