National Voices, the charity coalition for health and social care, is disappointed at the recent vote in the Lords on a Statutory of Candour for all NHS organisations. The Lords voted by a margin of 36 votes - 234 to 198 - against an amendment to include a statutory duty of candour in the Health & Social Care Bill.
National Voices’ Director of Policy, Don Redding, says:
“National Voices is disappointed by yesterday's vote. As many peers said in the debate, when something goes wrong patients want the basic decency of an apology, an explanation, and face to face communication. Yet cover-ups and gagging orders are still tolerated.