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Letters Cumberlege review

Blatant disregard to proper consent continues in screening programmes

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 17 September 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3592
  1. Hazel Thornton, honorary visiting fellow
  1. Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester, UK
  1. hazelcagct{at}

Haskell tells us that the Cumberlege report found that the healthcare system was “disjointed, siloed, unresponsive, and defensive” and that it did “not adequately recognise that patients are its raison d’être.”1 The findings were “generalisable across the healthcare system,” which the review found to be “sluggish and inattentive” and “unresponsive and defensive.”

Of deep concern is “the testimony from hundreds of patients reporting lack of …

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