Doctors must ‘own up to blunders’ according to NHS Litigation Authority Chief Executive

Steve Walker, Chief Executive of the NHS Litigation Authority, has apparently joined the campaign for ‘open disclosure’ of ‘medical errors’. In an Observer interview with Steve, he said that ‘The message to doctors is: if you’re aware of an error, or a shortfall in what’s been delivered, you should feel free, indeed you should feel under an obligation, to tell your patients and to apologise and to explain, either verbally or in writing, even if the patient is likely to sue. The explanation bit is really important to many, many claimants. It doesn’t matter if it heads off a claim or encourages a claim, people as human beings and patients are entitled to this and they should be getting it. Some patients are dissatisfied by not getting this information already. Some patients and patients’ relatives feel short-changed by the system. They believe there’s a lack of honesty, of frankness and of candour.’

The full interview with Steve can be accessed at: www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/jan/20/health.publicservices/print

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