Consultation open on Statutory Duty of Candour and Being Open Framework

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Health Minister Robin Swann has launched a 16 week consultation on draft policy proposals for the statutory Duty of Candour and a Being Open Framework.

Project overview

The proposals have been developed following the recommendations from the Inquiry into Hyponatraemia-Related Deaths and are part of the Department of Health’s Hyponatraemia Implementation Programme. A Duty of Candour would create a legal responsibility for all healthcare organisations and individual staff to be honest when things go wrong. This duty would not just apply to being open and honest with patients but also on the need to be open and honest within organisations in reporting adverse incidents or near misses that may have led to harm. The Department of Health established a comprehensive programme to take forward implementation of the recommendations from the report. A Duty of Candour workstream and its Being Open subgroup are tasked with developing detailed proposals to implement the Inquiry’s recommendations on candour.

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Formal consultation


The consultation can be accessed online at the Citizen’s Space website or by clicking on Consultation will close on 2 August 2021.



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