Hospitals and GPs must tell patients about incidents that cause “moderate” as well as “serious” harm, report says

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 07 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2022
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

NHS healthcare providers in England should be obliged to tell patients of incidents that cause moderate harm, as well as those that result in serious harm or death, an expert review set up by the government has recommended.1

Jeremy Hunt, England’s health secretary, asked Norman Williams, president of the Royal College of Surgeons, and David Dalton, chief executive of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, to look at how far the proposed new duty of candour should extend.

A new obligation on organisations that provide care to tell patients when things go wrong was recommended by the public inquiry into systemic failures at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. Robert Francis QC’s report recommended that …

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