Medics may face jail for neglect

The wilful neglect of patients is to be made a criminal offence under NHS reforms being introduced in the wake of the Mid Staffordshire and other care scandals. David Cameron said health workers would face "the full force of the law".

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Health care expert: Wilful negligence deserves jail term

Following the Mid-Staffordshire patient care scandal, Professor Don Berwick was tasked with conducting a review into patient safety and recommended medical staff face prison for unacceptable treatment.

Speaking in August, Prof Berwick said, "Wilful, reckless, negligent behaviour - that deserves punishment".

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