Duty of candour becomes law

NEW laws have come into force in England placing a legal duty on hospital, community and mental health trusts to inform and apologise to patients if there have been mistakes in their care that have led to significant harm.

In a statement the Department of Health said: "The introduction of the Duty of Candour is an important step in ensuring a more honest and open culture in the NHS, particularly when things go wrong. It is a major milestone in the government’s response to the Francis report into Mid Staffordshire, which called for a more open culture in the NHS. It forms part of a wider package of measures designed to support this."

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published guidance for NHS organisations to help them meet the requirements of the new regulations.