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NHS patient safety pledges

Jeremy Hunt has NHS staff could face a new criminal offence of wilful neglect of patients as one of a series of measures adopted by the Health Secretary from the Francis report into the deaths at Stafford Hospital.

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Medical accident charity 'dismayed' at NHS measures

The charity Action Against Medical Accidents says it is "dismayed" that the legal duty of candour on NHS organisations is to be restricted only to death or severe harm cases.

It wants a full duty of candour for all errors and one which applies to everyone in an organisation.

It said the "vast majority of incidents which cause significant harm would not be covered by this rule, meaning that organisations would be breaking no statutory rule in covering up such incidents".

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