The Grave Sin of Omission

Imagine that two people died in their sleep last night while in hospital. One patient died because his nurse didn’t inject him with his life-supporting medication. The other one passed away because his nurse injected him with the wrong drug. In critical assessment, most people would be far more lenient on the nurse who failed to administer the medication than on the one who injected the wrong substance. The latter would likely be investigated to determine if the act was negligent or criminal.

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