Plymouth trust is first to be fined for breaching duty of candour rulesBMJ 2020; 370 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m3737 (Published 24 September 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3737
- Clare Dyer
- 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 …