Unprofessional conduct shown in one in 20 medical staff

Dr Gerald Hickson, chair of the Boston-based National Patient Safety Foundation, gave the estimate ahead of a series of talks in Australia as a guest of indemnifier Avant.

He said that “while some degree of human error is unavoidable, 3–5% of medical staff demonstrate persistent patterns of unprofessional conduct, which has a direct impact on patient safety”.

He added that “this small subset of physicians and surgeons can be reliably identified and intervened upon with good success".

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