When patients are let down by health service failings, the damage can be compounded by the failure of medics and managers to be open with them about what happened. One group is trying to teach healthcare professionals why the principle of ‘first do no harm’ should apply not only to the practice of medicine but to the management of mistakes too, writes Caroline O’DohertySuspicion, warns Bernie O’Reilly, is like a superbug. Once it gets into your system, it spreads and takes over.“You can’t control it,” she says.Bernie was already battling suspicion when her late husband’s medical file was stolen from the family home.She treasures that file, not for the sad details it contains of Tony’s last three days of life, but for the signature on the consent form that is the first page she sees when she lifts the cover.It was the last time he wrote his name, the last time he was well and looking forward to having his surgery over, returning home, and getting back to work.Not long after she got the file from the hospital where he died, their house was broken into.“The file was stolen and I thought that the hospital had sent someone to steal… Read full this story
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