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Letters True candour

True candour about mistakes means full disclosure of system failures

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 14 January 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m104
  1. Rajaratnam Jeyarajah, consultant physician
  1. St Helier Hospital, Carshalton SM5 1AA, UK
  1. R.Jeyarajah{at}

I agree with Maskell that we should be honest and volunteer all information to people harmed by provision of services.1 But why should we stop at doctors’ honesty about mishaps during patient care? Why shouldn’t we make the public aware of the shortages nearly all hospitals face and the stress and unrealistic demands this places on staff?

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