Intended for healthcare professionals

Observations Only Connect

Don’t just blame the system

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 03 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:747

Reign of Blame

Education credits the teacher
but blames the student

Health-care credits the doctor
but blames the patient

Economics credits the banker
but blames the borrower

Courts credit the lawyer
but blame the client

Government credits the politician
but blames the citizen

Media credit the sponsor
but blame the consumer

Religion credits the clergy
but blames the believer

Society indemnifies itself
by condemning the individual

Competing interests: None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

11 April 2008
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA