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Health service to have legal duty to report errors

26th March 2013

The health service has been told by parliament that it will be legally obliged to be "more honest" about errors it makes.

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Following a £13 million inquiry into the scandal of neglect, abuse and deaths at Stafford Hospital, MPs said a new set of measures would lead to improvements, including nurse training and a new rating system for hospitals and care homes.

Data collected at the time the failings at Stafford came to light revealed that there were between 400 to 1,200 more deaths than expected.

The report, which was published in February, made 290 recommendations.

The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said: "We cannot merely tinker around the edges - we need a radical overhaul with high quality care and compassion at its heart."

He added that he wanted to see a culture of "zero harm" created in the NHS.

Don Redding, policy director of the patient group National Voices, commented: "In cases where patients have been harmed or worse, both senior managers and their legal advisers have generally decided their first duty is to the interests of the trust. This new legal duty will rebalance that."

 

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Article Information

Title: Health service to have legal duty to report errors
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 23948
Date Added: 26th Mar 2013

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