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Doctors faced with impossible rationing decisions must seek legal advice

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: (Published 22 February 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n458
  1. Christine Tomkins, chief executive
  1. Medical Defence Union, One Canada Square, London E14 5GS
  1. media{at}

At the Medical Defence Union, we help thousands of members each year with complaints and claims around patients’ clinical care. Unfortunately, we do not share the optimistic view of the barrister quoted in The BMJ about the potential for pandemic related complaints.1

Many people have been understanding about the constraints and compromises forced on practitioners by the health crisis. But patients and their representatives have …

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