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Plymouth trust is first to be fined for breaching duty of candour rules

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 24 September 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3737
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

An NHS hospital trust has been ordered to pay a total of £12 565 (€13 732; $16 005) after admitting failing to explain to a 91 year old woman’s family how an endoscopy went wrong and she died after a perforated oesophagus, in the first prosecution to be brought for breaching the duty of candour.

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust was fined £1600 and ordered to pay £10 845.43 costs and a £120 victim surcharge at Plymouth magistrates court, after a prosecution by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The maximum fine that can be imposed is £2500 and the trust was given credit for pleading guilty early.

The CQC brought the prosecution after discovering that the trust failed to tell Elsie Woodfield’s family …

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