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Dual loyalties: Commentary on “to talk or not to talk”, by Ashok Sinha

Ann Sommerville

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2008.060


“Whistle-blowing” can be defined as speaking out about sub-standard practice or flawed systems which put patients at risk of harm. It has become a vital aspect of doctor-patient trust and much is written about the duties of all doctors to minimise risk and improve the safety of patient care. This includes monitoring colleagues` performance and alerting the colleague (or if necessary the regulatory authority) when errors or signs of incompetence occur.

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