An MP has called for a change in the law to ensure medical professionals are as open as possible about the reasons why failures occur. Jonathan Evans raised the case of Robbie Powell, who died aged ten from a rare but treatable condition.
A series of investigations into the handling of the case were described as a 'catalogue of errors' in a review last year. Conservative MP Jonathan Evans who's long campaigned with the Powell family said the time had come to introduce a law requiring a 'duty of candour' in such cases.
Hopes for a separate legal system for Wales would be 'considerably weakened' unless Wales also gets responsibility for policing and justice, according to the Welsh Government's top legal officer.
In a speech tonight, Counsel General Theodore Huckle revealed the results of a consultation the Welsh Government has been holding into the question of a separate legal jurisdiction. He said:
One of the most prominent themes in the responses to the consultation was the belief that a separate legal jurisdiction in Wales without a distinct court system would be like, to quote one respondent: “a cart without a horse."
Respondents drew attention to the increasing divergence of Welsh law from that applying in England. Respondents believed that as this divergence will continue as the Assembly continues to legislate in its subject areas, the current joint jurisdiction may well gradually come to be seen as untenable over time, thus strengthening the need for a Welsh legal jurisdiction sooner rather than later to avoid a purely reactive and passive response to this inevitable legal and practical development.