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Jeremy Hunt says doctors must be allowed to discuss mistakes

Jeremy Hunt says doctors must be allowed to discuss mistakes
From BBC - January 26, 2018

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said doctors need to be able to reflect openly and freely about mistakes they have made.

He was speaking on the Today programme following the case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, who was struck off after being found guilty of the manslaughter by gross negligence of a six-year-old boy.

Mr Hunt warned of the "unintended consequences" of the ruling.

Patients would be safer if doctors were able to learn from mistakes, he said.

"In medicine, all over the world there are always going to be mistakes made," Mr Hunt told the BBC.

"For patients to be safe, we need doctors to be able to reflect completely openly and freely about what they have done, to learn from mistakes, to spread best practice around the system, to talk openly with their colleagues.

"I want to make sure doctors are able to do that."

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