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Journal Article

How can the criminal law support the provision of quality in healthcare?

Yeung K, Horder J. BMJ quality & safety. 2014;23:519-24.

This narrative review examines how principles from English criminal and civil law can be applied to health care situations where recognized care standards are not met. The authors recommend that a criminal offense be established to assign accountability for willfully neglectful or harmful provider behavior without disrupting transparent learning from the events.