Research shows centuryold culture of blame still prominent today

Representatives from over 20 different healthcare organisations will be convening at the University on 11 June to discuss how old patterns of patient safety and historical complaints against doctors are still being replicated in the modern welfare system – and what lessons can be learned by looking to our medical past.

These themes are explored in a new book which will launch on the day, ‘Medical Negligence in Victorian Britain: the Crisis of Care under the English Poor Law’, by Dr Kim Price (pictured) from the University's Centre for Medical Humanities, who is co-organising the event with Dr Paul Lazarus. The book, published through Bloomsbury, reveals a ‘culture of blame’ under the new poor law that predates our present-day litigation crises by 150 years.

During the workshop a carefully selected list of expert delegates will share the latest historical research to stimulate new conversations about how the lessons of the past can inform current practice.

The workshop, ‘Patient Safety: Looking Back, Going Forward’, is supported by the Wellcome Trust and CPD accredited by the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians. It will take place at College Court, the University’s Conference Centre and Hotel, between 9:00am – 5:00pm on 11 June.