Healthcare regulators have outlined their commitment to a more open and honest way of caring following the Mid Staffs hospital scandal.
The joint statement on the “essential” duty of candour calls for health professionals to let patients know if something goes wrong – and apologise.
The General Medical Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council joined regulators from the pharmaceutical, chiropractic, dental, optical and osteopathic sectors pledging to promote the statement.
It is hoped it will also encourage healthcare staff to raise concerns.
Niall Dickson, GMC chief executive, said: “The awful reality that emerged from Mid Staffs was that doctors felt it was acceptable to walk by knowing there was unsafe practice going on.