Give solicitors the Ronseal treatment!
The story about solicitors accessing patient records (News, November 3) epitomises the rights without responsibilities bandwagon. It further worries me when I read ineffectual advice from our defence bodies.
If a patient is competent to give consent to unfettered access to his or her medical records to a solicitor then let them be responsible for the solicitor getting what they have asked us to give them. There are two possible protections.
lThe Bolam principle. If we all send off complete notes or copies to solicitors, without question upon receipt of consent, then that is accepted medical practice.
lThe Ronseal defence (yet to be tested in the courts): this simply states that Ronseal products do what it says on the tin! How can we be held responsible for doing exactly what it says on the consent form ?
I get so fed up spoon-feeding people who do not accept any responsibilities for their action or inaction. The nanny state is breeding a generation of emotional cripples who are incapable of accepting that life is sometimes tough and bad things happen that are nobody's fault.
This fosters the blame culture which is the main problem. It must be resisted.
Dr John Leonard