Personal Injury, Serious Injury & Clinical Negligence

NHS must be more open in relation to mistakes

Call for Statutory Duty of Candour

A review has been undertaken by Professor Norman Williams, President of the Royal College of Surgeons and Sir David Dalton, Salford Royal Hospital Chief Executive.

The review has called for a statutory duty of candour on hospitals, GPs and other organisations when errors had been made that caused significant harm.

This view is fully supported by AvMA and a campaign which they have been actively pursuing for a number of years, please see their press release here.

Professor Williams concludes that patients were more interested in openness rather than money. This is a view which we would fully agree with after acting for clients for a number of years, a repeated phrase we hear when new instructions are received is that ‘it is not about the money, I simply want an apology’.

The Government is expected to make a decision in relation to this recommendation in the next few months.

If you have any concerns in respect of medical treatment received please do not hesitate to contact Kerry Fifield, Team Manager of the Clinical Negligence Team on 0800 316 8892 or by email kerry.fifield@clarkewillmott.com