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NHS trusts have new duty to be honest about mistakes

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7334 (Published 01 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7334
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

A statutory duty of candour on all NHS trusts in England, requiring them to be open and honest with patients and their families, admit their mistakes, and apologise when things go wrong, came into force on 27 November.

Peter Walsh, chief executive of the patient safety charity Action against Medical Accidents, hailed the change, for which it had campaigned for two decades, as “the biggest advance in patient safety and patients’ …

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