Friday, February 17, 2006

Patients die because junior doctors are too scared of their bosses

This article says that 98,000 people die in the US each year "from medical mistakes caused by cultural and systemic problems. In many cases a junior member of staff saw the error being committed but was too afraid to speak up. Bullying by consultants is rife in health services, many of whom fit the Guru profile. [Examples: #1 #2 #3 #4 #5]"

It's frightening to see that people are dying in such large numbers simply because subordinates are scared of their bosses.

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