"Death of a patient" [News, April 19], about five health care workers going on trial after the death of a resident at a Medford nursing home, reminds us that there is a fine line between criminal behavior, negligence and errors in judgment by medical professionals when there is an unexpected event.

Although it is important that there is an investigation -- in this case, by the state Department of Health -- the inquiry is secret. If this were a plane crash or train wreck, details would be shared with the public.

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With a patient's death, the doors get closed and even the family is kept out of the conversation. This is where changes need to be made.

Ilene Corina, Wantagh

Editor's note: The writer is president of PULSE of NY, a nonprofit advocating for patient safety.