Having campaigned consistently for a statutory duty of candour that covers the range of harms that are significant for patients, National Voices strongly welcomes the draft regulations to put this into practice.
Two areas of concern to us remain to be addressed:
To ensure that safety incidents that are likely to have caused harm – although that harm may not yet be apparent – are included in the definition of a notifiable incident.
To ensure that harmful omissions of care and treatment – failures to do something rather than doing the wrong thing – are included under the regulations.
In our view the first should result in an amendment to the regulations, while the second can be managed through the guidance to be produced by the Care Quality Commission.