Response to: Correspondence on ‘Organisational failure: rethinking whistleblowing for tomorrow’s doctors’ by Taylor and Goodwin

Journal of Medical Ethics 48 (11):891-892 (2022)
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We thank the commentators for their thoughtful engagement with our paper.1 In different ways, they make the same substantial point: our suggested interventions are not enough to solve the problems of organisational failure. On this we wholeheartedly agree. Organisational failure in healthcare is complex and multifaceted, it cannot be solved by one intervention in medical education. We did not intend to imply that our proposals alone would solve organisational failure, and this positioning misconstrues the aims of our paper. We had more modest ambitions, we wanted to shift the analytical emphasis away from the individual and explore the implications raised by our analysis for our piece of the jigsaw—medical education. Having stepped away from such grand claims, the commentators make some valid points to which we would like to respond more specifically. Jesudason makes the distinction that normalisation of deviance (NoD) is well suited to understand institutional misfeasance but not malfeasance.2 We are inclined to agree; NoD can do some things but not all. Likewise, …

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Root causes of organisational failure: look up, not down.Chris Newdick - 2022 - Journal of Medical Ethics 48 (10):678-679.
Manufacturing safer medics.Edwin Jesudason - 2022 - Journal of Medical Ethics 48 (10):680-681.

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