Duty of Candour

News - 26/03/2014

Jeremy Hunt the Secretary of State for Health has today announced that there will be a consultation on introducing a statutory duty of candour. This duty will compel the NHS fully to disclose the events surrounding medical accidents.

Our team of medical negligence specialists often act for clients who raise claims against the NHS to obtain clear answers, discover what went wrong, and address how these accidents will be prevented in the future. The internal NHS complaints system is often viewed by our clients as inadequate, lacking in disclosure and failing to provide answers.

The charity that has been the main driver in raising this issue in the political area is AVMA, for additional details see https://www.avma.org.uk/.

Our specialists fully support the work of AVMA, and assists by providing members of the team to man the organisation’s telephone helpline.

Our team of specialist solicitors work exclusively with claims arising from medical negligence. We will provide you with initial advice and where we consider appropriate we will act for you on a ‘no win no fee agreement’ to obtain compensation for you.

We will manage your matter from beginning to end, obtaining medical records, arranging for you to be seen by expert medical professionals, calculating your losses and obtaining compensation for you.  At all stages, you will be working with qualified legal professionals, who are accessible by telephone, email and for meetings to discuss your claim. We are able to take the time to explain the processes, and ensure you feel in charge of your claim from beginning to end.

One of our recent client’s commented that the process of fact finding and explaining the procedure and medical evidence had been invaluable, when dealing with the inquest into his father’s death. He had felt ‘at sea in a field of legal jargon, and completely outside of the process until he came to Morrisons for advice’.

If you have a medical negligence claim and would like to talk to us please contact us on 01737 854 500 or email [email protected]

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