HealthcarePapers 2(1) April 2001 : 55-58.doi:10.12927/hcpap..16931

Professionals Must Recognize Personal Responsibility

Michael McKelvey


The recommendations Baker and Norton have developed for reducing error within the healthcare delivery system, with their emphasis on non-punitive reporting of error, are commendable. However, healthcare practitioners must clearly understand that the current medical/legal system has not adopted a similar approach. Courts have long recognized the right of victims to compensation for injury caused by malpractice or negligence. Individuals will be held to the accepted standards of their profession.



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