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Review of Duty of Candour: Implications for Barking and Dagenham


Last week, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) launched a review into the implementation of the duty of candour in health and social care settings, sparking discussions nationwide.


What is the Duty of Candour?

The Duty of Candour mandates healthcare providers to be transparent and forthcoming when things go wrong in patient care. Patients and their families have the right to timely explanations and sincere apologies in such instances. While this duty has been in place since 2014, concerns persist regarding its consistency and effectiveness.


Why Does it Matter in Barking and Dagenham?

In Barking and Dagenham, ensuring the effective implementation of the duty of candour is paramount for maintaining trust and accountability within the healthcare system. As residents, your experiences and insights can contribute significantly to shaping the outcome of this review.


How Can You Participate?

The call for evidence is open for six weeks, closing on 29 May 2024. We encourage residents of Barking and Dagenham to engage with the review by sharing their experiences and perspectives. The review seeks to understand the clarity and enforcement of the duty, its application in various contexts, and the role of regulatory bodies like the Care Quality Commission (CQC).


Take Action: Respond to the Call for Evidence

You can participate in the review by completing the online survey form before the deadline on 29 May. Your input can help ensure that the duty of candour is robustly upheld in our local healthcare settings.


Shaping the Future of Healthcare Transparency

By actively engaging with the review, residents of Barking and Dagenham have the opportunity to influence the future of healthcare transparency and accountability. Let your voices be heard in shaping a healthcare system that prioritizes honesty, accountability, and patient well-being.


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