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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Proposal alone 'will not help change to culture of care'

The British Medical Association (BMA) said a proposal to make the wilful neglect of patients a criminal offence alone "will not help change to a culture of care within the NHS".

Dr Paul Flynn, chair of the BMA's consultant committee, said:

Whilst we must ensure that what happened at Mid-Staffordshire Hospital is never allowed to occur again, this proposal alone will not help change to a culture of care within the NHS.

All of Professor Berwick's recommendations must be considered and the NHS must change from the top by increasing staffing levels and resources.

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