On 13 November 2013 Peter Walsh, Chief Executive of Action Against Medial Accidents (AvMA) spent time with the Trust exploring the duty of candour, what it means and why it is important.
AvMA is a charitable organisation that works to achieve patient safety and fairness, as well as providing advice and support to people affected by a medical accident.
The charity works in partnership with the NHS, health professionals, government departments and lawyers, in trying to make the health service a more open and honest environment, for everyone’s benefit.
A duty of candour is something that Peter and his colleagues are passionate about, and it means that we are all duty bound to be honest with patients, families and each other when we think things are wrong, or if mistakes have been made. AvMA is actively supporting national efforts to make this a statutory obligation, to avoid harmful situations for patients and staff, and in this interview he tells us more about how this could work.