'Legal clampdown to stop cover-ups of NHS patient abuse and neglect'
Sunday Herald 12 October 2014
"ALL health and social care services staff will be legally obliged to tell families when a patient has been accidentally harmed under new Scottish Government proposals.
Known as a "statutory duty of candour", the new rules force hospitals to disclose all harm caused to patients. The proposal was a key recommendation of Robert Francis QC, who led the inquiry into the Mid Staffs scandal. The Scottish Government says it will launch a consultation on proposals to introduce a statutory duty of candour for care services designed to improve transparency and drive up standards.
The move falls short of Francis's recommendation to make non-disclosure of harm caused a criminal offence for NHS doctors, nurses or managers. However, the Scottish Government believes it will make it easier for staff to speak out ..."
"Neil said: "The Scottish Government strongly supports duty of candour and believes all health and social care staff must be honest and transparent in everything that they do in order to best serve and protect those who rely on their services.
"Outlining our intention to put this important principle into legislation places a duty on every service to give an explanation to any person who suffers harm and, where appropriate, an apology ..."
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