Part of being accountable to patients is being open when things go wrong and it will be important to ensure that a duty of candour is carefully implemented and embedded in culturally and at all levels of the system.

It is imperative that candour becomes a statutory requirement underpinned by legislation. We, along with Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA), National Voices, National Association of LINKs Members, The Patients Association and Patients First, have recently written to Jeremy Hunt MP, the Minister for Health, calling on the Government to legislate for this.

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