Saturday 3 December 2016

Patients must be able to trust their doctors

Published 30/01/2016 | 02:30

'Patients must be able to trust their doctors'
'Patients must be able to trust their doctors'

Our scars are supposed to be a constant reminder of painful lessons, but sometimes it appears that bitter experience is not enough. There have been several cases in recent years which brought the competence of doctors into question, and the checks needed to guarantee care.

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This week, a doctor who did not appear to be able to differentiate an X-ray of an ankle from that of an elbow raised new questions about confidence in our health system.

Dr Omar Hassan was found guilty of professional misconduct at the Medical Council. There was real public concern when it emerged that he had managed to work at three hospitals. Today, we reveal he worked at a fourth.

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