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Wednesday, 20 January 2016, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Museum of London

To Blame or Not to Blame? The Medical Profession and Blame Culture

Professor Martin Elliott


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Traditionally, medicine has been taught by imitation, apprenticeship and humiliation. Think Sir Lancelot Spratt. Whilst that has clearly improved, there persists, in many areas, a blame culture. Following regulatory changes and various hospital scandals there is much ‘holding to account’. The combination of tradition and punitive language has done little to foster a just culture, which most researchers think is the ideal. There is increasing litigation and subsequent cost, and it remains the case in the UK that negligence has to be proved to get compensation for medical accident.

This lecture reviews the current situation and considers some other ways of dealing with the issues. 

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Martin Elliott MD FRCS is Professor Emeritus of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UCL & Emeritus Professor of Physic and Fellow at Gresham College.  He worked as a paediatric cardiothoracic (& transplant) surgeon at the Great Ormond Street from 1984 until 2019. He was co-Medical Director there from 2010 to 2015. He now holds a number of part time posts including as a non-executive director of the Royal Marsden Hospital NHS FT, London and Chief Medical Officer of Allocate Software Ltd. Pro Bono he is a non-executive director of Children’s Health Ireland, Dublin,  and was a member of the China Tribunal.

He has led research into the pathophysiology of cardiopulmonary bypass, outcomes and clinical databases and tracheal transplantation and is widely published.  He has delivered over 450 invited lectures worldwide and many named lectures. He has held several international visiting professorships and taught and operated throughout the world.

All of Professor Elliott's Gresham lectures can be accessed here.

[The image of Professor Elliott is used courtesy of Becan]

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20 January 2016

To Blame or Not to Blame? The Medical Profession and Blame Culture
Professor Martin Elliott

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