wall of silence


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Ethics A popular phrase for the general unwillingness of physicians to report misconduct, incompetence, substance abuse, and other breaches of professionalism committed by colleagues
Military A term used in the US armed forces, where open homosexuality is banned, for the policy of pretending that it doesn’t exist

wall of silence

Don't ask, don't tell Ethics A popular phrase for the general unwillingness by physicians to report misconduct, incompetence, substance abuse, and other breaches of professionalism committed by colleagues; those who do bring unethical colleagues to public attention are ostracized and/or lose their jobs–Author's note
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Wall of Silence was reviewed in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and Health Affairs, referenced in proceedings of the U.
Detectives investigating the death of an out-of-work actor say they have met a wall of silence in a former pit village.
Impeded by a wall of silence covering up the original injustice, Conlon is only able to prove his innocence after 14 years of imprisonment and the death of his father.
Commercial considerations are understood to have cost Pridham his job, but yesterday the committee maintained the wall of silence which has been in place since late on Friday, when a one-line statement revealed that he was no longer employed by the track.
That being the case, the virtual wall of silence which enfolded the major news item of 1998 was wholly predictable.
Until recently women in the military who were sexually harassed faced a wall of silence like that confronting gays and lesbians, although for different reasons.
Her father, a New Yorker writer himself, tried to report on Chinatown in the thirties and was thwarted by a wall of silence.
Unfortunately, the situation is, given the lack of co-operation from any witnesses and a wall of silence, it seems the family is not going to have justice.
THE hunt to find the arsonists who sparked a devastating blaze at a former library is being hampered by a wall of silence.
But they would have been disturbed to hear the extent of the greater Liverpool criminal fraternity's wall of silence.
Yet in Scotland, the dictators who rule our national sport still refuse to break down their wall of silence that prevents footballers and managers speaking their mind.
Enrique was expected back at United's training centre today to undergo fitness testing ahead of the new season but it will also present Alan Pardew with an opportunity to sit down face to face with the unsettled Spaniard this summer following a wall of silence from the ex-La Liga man.