If you ever watched Lost, you’d know that many of the demons torturing the hunky-yet-annoying surgeon, Jack (played by Matthew Fox), are a product of turning his father in for performing an operation while drunk (Don’t worry — definitely not a spoiler. Jack’s daddy issues are evident from the first episode.)
It turns out that pretend Jack is more responsible than many doctors in the real world. A recent study shows that more than a third of doctors who knew that a colleague was impaired by incompetence, substance abuse, or a mental health issue didn’t report them.
In fact, 31% of doctors said that reporting incompetence wasn’t their responsibility, even though many professional medical organizations require doctors to rat out inadequate colleagues. If you were a teacher who knew another teacher was abusing a student, you’d tell someone. So, if you knew a co-doctor’s judgment or skill was hindered by his drug problem, wouldn’t the same logic apply? If doctors had chosen to be, say, shoe salesmen, coworkers’ inadequacies wouldn’t matter quite as much. But as long as a human being’s life is at stake, we’ve got a memo to all docs: Make your colleagues’ impairments your problem. We promise you won’t crash-land on a bizarre island like Jack.
via ABC News