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  • CQC comes out against restriction of duty of candour

    December 18, 2013

    The Board of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) today gave unequivocal support for the Duty of Candour to cover all incidents of significant harm. A review set up by Jeremy Hunt is currently considering whether or not to restrict the duty only to cases where death or severe permanent disability is known to have been […]

  • Duty of candour: RCN and healthwatch join call to include all significant incidents

    November 29, 2013

    The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Healthwatch England (the official national body for patients) have both called for the new statutory Duty of Candour to cover all incidents of significant harm. Jeremy Hunt agreed to review the previously intended restriction to fatal and severe harm/permanent disability cases after representations from AvMA.  A range of bodies […]

  • Jeremy hunt agrees to “think again” about restriction of duty of candour

    November 19, 2013

    The so called “Duty of Candour” – one of the flagship policies announced today by Jeremy Hunt in response to the Francis report on Mid Staffordshire –  is to be re-thought following pressure from AvMA.  AvMA and other patients’ groups were furious that the duty of candour – a legal duty on healthcare organisations to […]

  • New offence of “wilful neglect”

    November 16, 2013

    Watch AvMA CEO, Peter Walsh’s BBC Interview.

  • Duty of candour “on a knife-edge”

    November 13, 2013

    AvMA is concerned as to whether the Government will press ahead with controversial plans to limit the Duty of Candour to only fatal and very severe cases of harm.  Efforts are being made to persuade Secretary of State, Jeremy Hunt, otherwise before he makes his full resonse to the Francis report on Tuesday 19th November, […]

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