Monday, December 17, 2007

Medical Omerta: Healthcare Study Proves The Conspiracy Of Silence Among Doctors Is Real

The tacit "communal" unspoken consensus is that "certain things" are NEVER discussed. Heck, we learned that as kids; no one wanted to "snitch" on a friend. The mafia called it “omerta,” the categorical prohibition of cooperation, even when one has been a victim. The "cover-up" exists in all walks of life except medicine, right?

"I swear by ...all the gods and goddesses," the Hippocratic Oath declares,"that I will fulfill according to my ability and judgment this oath and this covenant....Whatever houses I may visit, I will come for the benefit of the sick, remaining free of all intentional injustice, of all mischief and in particular of sexual relations with both female and male persons, be they free or slaves." For decades doctors assured us that their profession was different. Doctors denied the existence of a conspiracy of silence to "cover-up" medical errors.

But, a study conducted by researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital reveals that doctors don’t practice what they preach when it comes to reporting mistakes or potentially negligent behavior among their colleagues.

The MGH study found that nearly half of the doctors who participated had failed to report incompetence, impairment or medical error by another doctor despite saying that such errors should be reported.

Alexandra Perloff-Giles, Harvard Crimson 12/06/2007 Read Article: Harvard Crimson

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