Health secretary announces plan to cut NHS litigation costs

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 27 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2408
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A new drive to save lives and cut litigation costs by reducing avoidable harm in the NHS by half over the next three years has been unveiled by the health secretary for England, Jeremy Hunt.

Hunt also announced that a full duty of candour would be imposed on NHS providers, requiring them to tell patients and apologise to those who suffer even moderate harm at the hands of the health service, not just severe harm.

The initiatives have their roots in the findings of Robert Francis QC’s inquiry into systemic failures at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and the NHS patient safety review by the US healthcare expert Don Berwick. Both called for a new culture of openness and readiness …

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