Tuesday October 27, 2020

Sorry seems to be the hardest word: Leo Varadkar’s U-turn

Varadkar vowed last February to legislate to make open disclosure a legal requirement

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

17th January, 2016
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar

Plans to introduce legislation that would force doctors and nurses to admit mistakes have been abandoned.

The U-turn will be a disappointment to patient groups, who had welcomed Minister for Health Leo Varadkar’s promise to legislate to make open disclosure and a duty of candour a legal requirement.

During an appearance at the Oireachtas health committee last February, Varadkar said the failure of doctors and nurses to make such disclosures was the equivalent...

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