South Carolina patients will be interested to know that a recent report revealed that many medical errors have gone unreported by doctors who are aware of another doctor's medical malpractice. Despite the code of ethics that mandates medical error disclosure, many patients have been released from hospitals without being informed about their impending health danger.
While some doctors feel a sense of obligation to inform patients about doctor errors, there are those who would prefer to remain loyal to their fellow physicians. There are several underlying factors that influence many doctors to remain silent about their knowledge of medical errors. For example, in an effort to keep a good reputation, some doctors will avoid disclosing information because of their perception of the medical malpractice incident.