Hunt: Mid Staffs scandal 'a turning point like Chernobyl'

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has compared the scandal at Mid Staffs hospital to the Chernobyl and Bhopal disasters, in an interview with ITV News. He claimed both were "turning points" for their industries.

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Hunt announces review of NHS safety thresholds

The point at which hospitals have to tell a patient they have been harmed will be reviewed by the Government as part of an updated "duty of candour" for the NHS, the Health Secretary has announced.

Under the plans patients can check safety records on the "How Safe is my Hospital" section of the NHS website from June. Credit: PA

Speaking at the Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Jeremy Hunt outlined plans to revise the legal threshold at which hospitals have to inform patients and suggested those at the lower end of the scale would not be told.

The Government caused outrage last November when it said the duty of candour should mean patients and families are only told of harm if it results in death or severe disability.

However, in his speech, Mr Hunt outlined plans aimed at reducing the £1.3 billion the NHS annually spends on litigation and saving 6,000 lives over the next three years.

He said NHS organisations will be invited to "sign up to safety" and set out publicly their ambitious plans for reducing avoidable harm, such as medication errors, blood clots and bed sores.

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