Doctors have an ethical and medico-legal obligation to provide an acceptable standard of medical care. A doctor's professional obligations are not abrogated by hospital directives or policy. Tired doctors may make errors, fail to spend adequate time with patients, fail to communicate effectively with patients and fail to complete appropriate case notes. Psychological mismanagement of patients can generate complaints and litigation even when the medical management has been exemplary. The impact upon a doctor's professional and private life of receiving a complaint must not be underestimated. The enormity of an error, whether fatigue-related or not, can even lead doctor suicide.
Published Date: June 24, 2016
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