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Threshold Imperative in Duty of Candour Proposals

In response to proposals published by the Scottish Government, currently subject to consultation, on imposing a ‘duty of candour’ for healthcare providers, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has urged doctors and other medical staff to be upfront and honest in regards to any medical errors. However, the group also warns that divulging all information in regards to near misses may be “too burdensome” for healthcare workers and may damage the reputation of the NHS.

If the move is approved in the Scottish parliament, it will mean that healthcare staff and those working in social services will be legally obliged to tell families when a patient has been harmed as a result of medical negligence.

Consultation Launched

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Government sets out patient safety plans

The Government has published its response to the Mid Staffordshire Inquiry, in which it sets out its plans to instil more openness, greater accountability and a relentless focus on safety within the NHS in England.

“Today’s measures are a blueprint for restoring trust in the NHS, reinforcing professional pride in NHS frontline staff and above all giving confidence to patients,” said Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. “I want every patient in every hospital to have confidence that they will be given the best and safest care and the way to do that is to be completely open and transparent.”

New changes in response to the independent recommendations include:

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