AvMA has consistently called for a statutory duty of candour in Scotland but had been told by the Scottish Government that it was not necessary or it could not work. Interest in a duty of candour grew following the Mid Staffordshire Public Inquiry.
The statutory framework is set out in the Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc and Care) (Scotland) Act 2016. AvMA is currently working with Scottish Government and other stakeholders to develop appropriate regulations, guidance and preparation for implementation. It is now expected the regulations will come into force in April 2018.