National Voices is deeply concerned about government plans to water down the proposed Duty of Candour for NHS organisations. The plans are likely to against the spirit of a report into NHS complaints, due to be published on Monday, 28 October, by Ann Clwyd MP and Tricia
The 'Duty of Candour' (a duty to be honest with patients when mistakes or lapses in patient safety may have caused harm) was a recommendation of Robert Francis QC from the Mid Staffordshire public inquiry.
However, Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has now said that the Duty of Candour will be restricted to a duty be honest with patients and their families in only the most severe cases of harm and fatal cases. This was confirmed in the House of Lords on 16 October.