The Duty of Candour relates to a consultation that took place between 26th March 2014 and 25th April 2014. The idea is that a duty of candour should be introduced into the NHS. This means that all providers of services within the NHS should comply with the new rules if they pass parliament. It is hoped that it will be a fundamental requirement so that all providers are able to keep their patients and other service users in the loop with regard to treatment and care at all levels.
While this is admirable in itself, the Duty of Candour also aims to make sure the same rules apply if something should go wrong with the treatment or care being given. For instance when someone goes into hospital expecting to have treatment to improve a condition, they expect to receive the highest level of care. If something should go wrong the new rules should ensure adequate information is given to the patient so they still know where they stand. The aim is to ensure everyone is treated in the best possible way and is never left not knowing why something went wrong if this was the case.
Could you be entitled to compensation if something goes wrong with your treatment?
Every case is different. We all know that things can go wrong in medical settings and it does not always mean it is someone else’s fault. However if medical negligence can be proven then you would very likely be entitled to compensation. The level of compensation granted would depend on the seriousness of the situation you found yourself in. The Duty of Candour aims to make sure openness is introduced into the NHS at all levels between care givers and patients, in the hope fewer incidents will occur.
Contact the team at Accident Advice Helpline now for more details
Regardless of whether you’re certain you could claim compensation or not, it is always advisable to contact us at Accident Advice Helpline. You have a time period of three years from the date of the incident so the sooner you contact us for no-obligation advice the better it will be. You can discover exactly where you stand and what could occur, all with the help of a professional injury compensation lawyer. You are entitled to good treatment and if medical professionals fall short there is the chance of getting compensated. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.