Getting to the heart of medical error and malpractice

Securing a meaningful and enduring reduction in medical error requires a cultural transformation

Getting to the heart of medical error and malpracticeIn a 2003 Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) survey, “about a quarter [of adults] said that an adverse event had occurred in their own care, or that of a family member.” Half claimed that the adverse event had produced “serious health consequences.” Three-quarters claimed that it had “led to a hospital visit or longer…

The danger of putting too much trust in doctors

The medical profession lectures the public on health. Some believe it’s time for the public to lecture the medical profession on ethics

The danger of putting too much trust in doctorsWe need the medical profession. It reassures us. When we’re ill, it either cures us or numbs our pain. Unfortunately, our reliance on health care can lead us to look at medical professionals through rose-tinted spectacles. As with society at large, the medical profession mixes the good, the bad and the ugly. Occasionally, the profession…

The dark, Machiavellian side of academia

Overlooked by the mass media and given almost free rein, the academic world is a haven for bullies and antisocial behaviour

The dark, Machiavellian side of academiaAccording to the mass media, Hollywood and Westminster are awash with misogynists, pornographers, exploitationists and bullies. That may or may not be true. Natural justice requires that accusers and accused have their day in court. Unfortunately, trial by media seems to have replaced trial by jury. While we’re in the mood to put the world…

Facing up to the harsh truth about the Islamic State

The IS brand of Islam institutionalizes sexism, misogyny, homophobia, racism, sectarianism and slavery. It’s a barbaric credo

Facing up to the harsh truth about the Islamic StateIn October 2017, Britain’s International Development Minister, Rory Stewart, made a case for the in-theatre termination of Britons fighting for the Islamic State (IS). Stewart said: “They believe in an extremely hateful doctrine which involves … trying to use violence and brutality to create an eighth-century … state. …. [T]hese people are a serious danger…

Quick answers needed into Grenfell Tower disaster

Unfortunately, history demonstrates that the powerful are not above gerrymandering terms of reference to deliver verdicts advantageous to themselves

Understanding what went wrong at London's Grenfell Tower, where as many as 80 people perished in a devastating fire on June 14, will require a wide-ranging, informed investigation that examines systems and takes into account all pertinent social, economic and political factors. Prime Minister Theresa May announced a public inquiry into the fire on June…