Criminalising patient neglect

Associate Professor Tina Cockburn (QUT Health Law Research Centre) has kindly drawn my attention to last weeks article in BMJ entitled, Would criminalising healthcare professionals for wilful neglect improve patient care?

The article by Bibby and Tomkins sets out the for and against arguments regarding the suggested UK legislation creating criminal sanctions, where individuals or organisations are unequivocally guilty of wilful or reckless mistreatment of patients.