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Trial of Winkler County Nurse Who Reported Doctor-Finale?

Posted Feb 11 2010 5:04pm 1 Comment

Anne Mitchell was found not guilty. Yea!!!

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The nursing associations supported these nurses. What did the rest of the medical community say? Nothing. Silence. 

Not only was the medical community in Texas silent, so were the medical communities in Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, San Francisco, Tuscon, Boise, Minneapolis and St. Louis. I ask that anyone who is aware of any groups of physicians or hospitals that supported the nurses to advise me. I have found none. 
 
The response from the medical community has been nothing. Nothing.  
 
What did the medical community do to stop this bad doctor? Nothing.
 
What did the medical community do to protect his patients? Nothing.
 
What did the medical community do about this situation? Nothing.  

It is perhaps fitting that the American Federation of Teachers spoke out in support of the nurses after the jury came back with an acquittal. Maybe we can learn a lesson from teachers. 
 
Throughout this ordeal, the medical community, with the exception of the nurses, sat on the sidelines. The doctors and their organizations sat on the sidelines, doing nothing. The hospitals and hospital association sat on the sidelines, doing nothing. Nurses and their professional associations stepped up to the plate.  Everyone else did nothing. 
 
Might it be that by doing nothing to stop malpractice and bad medicine, the medical community created this circumstance in the first place? What is the responsibility of the medical community to police its own? 
 
We know that the medical community objects to the tort system. Would the tort system even be addressing the malpractice issues if the medical community took responsibility for doing its job? 
 
In the upcoming weeks, we will continue to hear much criticism about the tort system from the medical community. Why couldn't there have been any comments from the medical community supporting these nurses?
 
Lee Tilson
www.rethinkingpatientsafety.com
rethinkingpatientsafety@gmail.com 
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