The relationship between a patient and doctor depends on trust. As a recent article reminds us, doctors might examine the same patient but arrive at different diagnostic opinions and/or recommend different treatment protocols. What happens when multiple opinions are offered? Perhaps a patient may make decisions based on the trust he or she feels with a certain doctor. No wonder, then, that some patients may feel a betrayal in trust if their treatments result in serious injuries, illnesses or other consequences because of alleged medical negligence or mistakes.
Is there a code of silence among hospital staff, even in the face of negligence? According to a recent article, some hospitals might discourage whistleblowers by firing nurses who attempt to report doctors’ mistreatment of patients.