The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
Doctors mistakes account for 10% of all deaths?
According to a piece by a doctor-turned-writer in the Guardian today,
As many as 70,000 people die every year as a result of doctors' mistakes.
Now, the extraordinary travails entailed in ascertaining that around 650,000 people die in the UK each year  disincline me to try to check the 70,000 number. As many as suggests flakiness.
However, even if the percentage of deaths was 2%, rather than 10%, that would still seem amazingly high to me.
The piece is a paean of praise to the culture of secrecy and mutual ass-covering that is the medical freemasonry round the world. Good doctors's careers should not be placed in harm's way by allowing the suckers - oops, patients - to know what really goes on .
As Jack said, they can't handle the truth...
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