Action Against Medical Accidents presents: Openness, Transparency and Candour Post Mid-Staffordshire: A Practical Guide

9 May 2013


9 May 2013


Sophie Kemp, Kingsley Napley

and others including Robert Francis QC.

Specialist Area:

Public Law

The Francis report following the Mid-Staffordshire Public Inquiry and the Government’s response stress the urgency to improve openness, transparency and candour and pose a number of challenges for the NHS and also private healthcare.  From April 1st the NHS standard contract will include a duty of candour (to be open with patients about harm caused); the Government has now agreed to bring a new statutory duty of candour covering all registered healthcare organisations (including GP practices and private healthcare) to be ‘policed’ by the CQC; there will be a ban on ‘gagging’ of NHS staff and greater emphasis on enabling staff to speak out; and there will be a requirement to submit and publish truthful data and information.  Sanctions for those not complying may include a criminal liability.

This timely conference will help healthcare organisations understand the practical implications of these changes and think through their own strategies.  The Keynote Address will be delivered by Robert Francis QC on the key lessons learnt from the Mid-Staffordshire Inquiry.

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