22 May 2019

“Flatly against the public interest”: The gravity of a lack of candour during investigations

PSA v NMC and Another [2019] EWHC 1181 (Admin)

The High Court has quashed a three year caution imposed on a registered nurse who dishonestly covered up her failings in relation to a suicidal patient, including in the inquest into the patient’s death, following a successful appeal by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) for Health and Social Care.

The case is an illustration of the importance of being candid in investigations, and the seriousness of attempts to cover-up of clinical failings, even where those clinical failings have subsequently been adequately remediated.

Laura Vignoles

8 February 2019

Disclosing the past - how much does the regulator need to know?

On 30 January 2019, the Supreme Court handed down judgment in the eagerly awaited matter of R (on the application of P, G and W) (Respondents) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and another (Appellants) [2019] UKSC 3 relating to the disclosure of criminal records.

29 January 2019

The Duty of Candour: Telling patients the truth when something goes wrong

A paper published by the Professional Standards Authority (“PSA”) last week entitled “Telling patients the truth when something goes wrong” (“the Paper”) addresses the progress of regulators in the Health and Social Care sector in embedding the professional duty of candour over the past 5 years. The Paper highlights the role regulators have played in the development of the Duty of Candour and it’s recognition throughout the Health and Social Care Sector.

Shannett Thompson

4 October 2018

Court of Appeal overturns High Court’s finding of doctor’s dishonesty

Case summary of Raychaudhuri v General Medical Council (Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care intervening) [2018] EWCA Civ 2027.

Shannett Thompson

2 February 2018

Lessons learned: the duty of candour in practical terms

The recent case of General Medical Council v Bawa-Garba will have escaped the attention of very few medical professionals. 

Shannett Thompson

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