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Which errors do the medical defence organisations most frequently report?
  1. Joseph E Raine
  1. Correspondence to Joseph E Raine, Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, Magdala Avenue, London N19 5NF, UK; joseph.raine{at}

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Errors are a very important source of learning for doctors and nurses. Professor Sir Liam Donaldson in the government publication ‘An Organisation with a Memory’1 stressed the importance of health professionals and medical institutions learning from their mistakes. This included learning from medical litigation.

The three Medical Defence Organisations (MDOs) in the UK all publish journals every few months or annual reports, which contain case reports from the different specialities. These case reports are based on real claims. They are annonymised to preserve confidentiality and are …

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