Patients would have a lot more respect for the NHS if they would own up to their mistakes instead of trying to cover them up.
Mistakes are hushed up, lies told, notes ‘lost’, lawyers briefed. Compensation cases descend into long, bitter battles. Sadly, we have seen lots more evidence of this corrosive secrecy in recent days. First came a damning report by the health ombudsman highlighting the ‘wall of silence’ faced by families questioning patient deaths. It found hospitals failed to investigate cases, missed crucial evidence, lacked transparency and cleared staff despite avoidable deaths