In a study published in the December 4 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, nearly half of doctor’s in a nationwide survey admitted to not reporting a peer’s error, even when they have knowledge of it. In the study, 46% of doctors failed to report a serious medical error that resulted in significant harm.
This is astounding. In nearly half of cases, doctors would not report another doctor who harmed, or even killed, a patient. One has to wonder what the rate is of self-reporting when physicians do the damage themselves. (See Physicians Refuse Disclosure of Major Medical Errors )
This is yet another study demonstrating that physicians are willing to cover up each other’s mistakes and patients are at risk. Another reason why doctors are lobbying for “no accountability” or “physician secrecy” legislation in many states. (See Shielding Doctors From Accountability )