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Consultation on Proposals to Introduce a Statutory Duty of Candour for Health and Social Care Services

Consultation on Proposals to Introduce a Statutory Duty of Candour for Health and Social Care Services

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ISBN: 9781784128395

This consultation document invites views on the Scottish Government's proposals to introduce legislation that will require organisations providing health and social care to tell people if there has been an event involving them where physical or psychological harm has occurred as a result of care or treatment.

Executive Summary

The Scottish Government intends to introduce a statutory requirement on organisations providing health and social care to have effective arrangements in place to demonstrate their commitment to disclose instances of physical or psychological harm. The proposals have been intentionally focused on organisational duty, forming a further dimension of the arrangements already in place to support continuous improvements in quality and safety culture across Scotland's health and care services. This consultation paper invites views on proposals that are intended to support a consistent approach to disclosure of events that have resulted in physical or psychological harm to users of services. The document outlines the existing approaches to candour; details the proposed requirements on organisations (regarding disclosure, support, staff support and training and reporting); disclosable events and monitoring implementation of the organisational duty of candour. Specific consultation questions are outlined, a partial Business Regulatory and Impact Assessment is outlined and the consultation process is described in this document.