Justice and safety: a dialogue on the case of Dr Bawa-Garba

  Everyone must have a view. Thousands have expressed theirs. Many have committed to funding an independent legal review. None were there. None heard what the jury heard. Most have read the essentials of the case, and we are worried that if we commit a serious clinical error, we may be ‘hounded’, ‘scapegoated’ or ‘persecuted’, first by the criminal... Continue Reading →

Junior / Senior

  Trainee doctors tend to know more about patients than their consultants, though consultants, by virtue of experience, usually know better how to treat them.  Sometimes however, a peripherally involved consultant will parachute in and give an august opinion, but without adequate knowledge of the person or the problem. For instance, in my field, the... Continue Reading →

In too deep: privacy on the wards

Ward patients sometimes comment on, or complain about, the fact that they can hear conversations between doctors and other patients through the curtains. When you’re having a conversation with a patient, you may as well imagine that the room is entirely open plan; curtains provide a visual barrier, but are more of a symbol of... Continue Reading →

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