NHS Transparency

On 27th November 2014, a statutory Duty of Candour was brought into force which applies to all NHS Trusts in England. It means that all NHS Trusts now have a legal duty to be open and honest with patients and their families when medical treatment goes wrong and causes harm.The patient safety charity Action against Medical Accidents has campaigned for such a duty for two decades and together with the recommendation from Sir Robert Francis following the Mid Staffordshire public inquiry, it was finally brought into force in November 2014.
In April this year, this duty will be extended to cover GPs and private healthcare providers registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
The Duty is regulated by the Care Quality Commission which is able to impose severe sanctions on those who do not comply, including criminal sanctions.
We here at Girlings Personal Injury Claims are specialists in Medical Negligence actions. Often, people come to us for help and answers when they have not received a satisfactory response to a complaint they have already made directly to the hospital or GP. We welcome this Duty of Candour and hope it can provide the victims of medical negligence and their families with the answers they need and deserve.