The Independent has reported on the first prosecution of an NHS Trust for breaching the Duty of Candour regulations.

The Duty of Candour is a legal requirement on all healthcare professionals that they should be open and honest with patients when something has gone wrong or an error has been made that might cause distress or harm. Providers of medical and social care who are registered with the Care Quality Commission in England are legally obliged to inform patients if a ‘notifiable safety incident’ has occurred.

According to the Independent, the CQC is prosecuting University Hospitals Plymouth Trust for breaching the regulations after the death of a patient following an endoscopy procedure.

Hospitals are required to be transparent in their communications with patients and their families about their investigations into any incidents and the results of those investigations.

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