Criminal sanctions for failure to report harms would not deter disclosure, campaigners say

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 13 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3104
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Every NHS chief executive and medical and nursing director in England should candidly own up to things that go wrong where they work, Robert Francis QC, who led the public inquiry into events at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, has said.

He said that they should start doing this at once to signal the start of a new culture of openness in the NHS and need not wait for the government to implement his inquiry’s recommendations.

“Organisations can insist on candour now,” he said. This was vital to ensure continuing trust of the public and patients in the NHS and meant that safety related problems could be identified and remedied as soon as possible.

Francis spoke at a conference on openness, transparency, and candour in the wake …

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