'Code of silence' putting patients at risk: tribunal

The 'code of silence' that exists among health practitioners that stops treating doctors reporting impaired peers to the authorities is putting the public at risk, a tribunal has warned.

The claim follows the case of Nicholas Orr, a pharmacist found to have dishonestly misappropriated 975 opioid tablets, practised while intoxicated and falsified records to cover his tracks.

Numerous healthcare workers treating Mr Orr during two hospital detox stays were apparently aware of his problems but despite knowing he could be a risk to patients, they failed