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“There is a measurable disconnect between what physicians say they think is the right thing to do and what they actually do,” said Eric Campbell of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, who led a survey showing that “nearly half of all U.S. doctors fail to report incompetent or unethical colleagues, even though they agree that such mistakes should be reported.” These researches found that “46 percent of physicians surveyed admitted they knew of a serious medical error that had been made but did not tell authorities about it.”

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