In 2004 the Government introduced “the introduction of the duty of candour” designed to change the approach of the NHS and its clinicians meaning that there was a more honest and upfront approach when mistakes occurred.
This was designed to reduce the costs to the NHS of legal actions involving clinical negligence claims where there have been allegations of medical negligence. It was of course also hoped that this would prevent future harm to others and make clinicians accountable for mistakes as they occur.
Unfortunately it has been reported that the NHS has failed to investigate the unexpected deaths of more than 1,000.00 people since 2011.
In a recent report produced by Dame Julie Mellor, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman confirms that the duty of candour remains a myth.
At Davies and Partners Solicitors, we welcomed the introduction of the duty of candour but are however not surprised by these recent reports.
If you feel that you have suffered as a result of medical negligence please feel free to contact Helen Watkins or please contact one of our fours offices in Bristol, Birmingham, Gloucester and London for free initial advice.