Wednesday August 12, 2020

No admission: open disclosure u-turn

Should a doctor be compelled to admit a serious mistake?

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

@susmitchellsbp
24th January, 2016
It will not be mandatory for medical and nursing staff to admit errors Pic: Getty

Margaret Murphy knows more about medical error than most. Her 21-year-old son Kevin died in 1999 as a result of medical error. But it was only after a lengthy court battle that the doctors involved admitted liability.

“We were given the runaround. There was a lot of muddying the waters. Appalling suggestions were made to us, which drove us to a place [court] that we as a family would never have considered going,” Murphy said....

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