I have encountered patients and people in my personal life who have had doctors who have misdiagnosed, made grave or preventable mistakes on patients. Patients ask if they should change doctors because of the ordeal and I don't know what to tell them. The doctor definitely didn't do all they could for the patient. Other more vocal visitors in the room sometimes say to the patient "You should sue the doctor/complain to the hospital." I know it is near impossible to NOT make mistakes in the medical field. But I don't want to say to someone, get rid of that doctor. Patients trust the opinion of nurses, but I don't think it is my place to say.
Is it ethical or even legal to denounce a physician to a patient? What do you say in these situations?
In my own life, I have had a doctor speak to me defensively and in an almost frantic manner, and saying things to keep the blame off him. I'm pretty sure he was like that to keep away a malpractice case. When you are sick, the last thing you want to hear is you are ill because it just happens to you, especially when a preventable mistake that had many chances to fix has just occured.