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When Doctors Don’t Speak Up, Patients Suffer

In any profession, mistakes are made. But when it comes to practicing medicine, there can be very little room or allowance for a code of silence that protects those who have erred. Doctors must be encouraged, and allowed, to speak out against their fellow practitioners without fear of reprisal or repercussion. Transparency would increase the quality of care, and restore some of the faith the medical profession has lost among laymen. Malpractice must be addressed and dealt with accordingly as a testament to the importance of patient safety and care over earnings. The peer pressure and financial dangers should not keep patients in harm’s way because good doctors stand silent. Marshall Allen’s ProPublica article tells more here: http://www.propublica.org/article/why-doctors-stay-mum-about-mistakes-their-colleagues-make/single#republish

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