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
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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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A strange wall of silence the Holtham Commission is.
The study, Breaking The Wall Of Silence, focused on 37 cases of trafficked children and spoke to 72 different children's professionals in three areas of England to assess how they responded to the victims of trafficking.
The first production, Da Boyz, written by another ex-Brookside writer Carol Cullington, focuses on the wall of silence that surrounds gun crime after a boy is shot dead by rival gang members.
Six men died in such circumstances and when we tried to find out, we were met with a wall of silence.
The LVF is being blamed for the murder but, similar to the Robert McCartney case in Belfast, police have met with a wall of silence.
Police have met a wall of silence after a mass brawl in Fartown left one man with stab wounds.
Northumbria Police investigating the brutal murder of Scott Pritchard in Hendon, Sunderland, on January 7 released CCTV pictures of five potential witnesses in a bid to break the wall of silence.
But although the attack happened in public in front of witnesses, officers on the case faced an immediate wall of silence.
Wall of Silence (Monday, ITV 9 pm) draws out another fine performance from Cold Feet star James Nesbitt.
And yet, in spite of these burdens Ann Morrow Lindbergh was able to find and fashion a voice that moved more than her own generation and that put some cracks in the wall of silence.
As Martin, Seago, one of the most active deaf actors in America, conveys both the resilience and the frustration of a vigorous man trying to break through his wall of silence.
I AM told a caller to Liverpool Direct, awarded numerous investors in people gongs, met a wall of silence during a conversation.