LETTER : Unaccountable

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The Independent Online
From Mrs Eryl Howard

Sir: The chief executive at Treliske Hospital, Brian Milstead, is quoted as saying (report, 17 May) that no individual would be disciplined for leaving a needle embedded in a newborn baby because it was the system that was at fault. Since Mr Milstead is in charge of the system, shouldn't he be disciplined, or are managers not accountable for the results of their actions (or inactions), unlike other professions?

Yours faithfully,


Whittlesford, Cambridgeshire

19 May