It seems that some Trusts are still not complying with the Duty of Candour when medical mistakes are made. It is clear that patients families should be involved in the investigations into death in the NHS.
In December the Care Quality Commission (‘CQC’) published its review of the investigation of deaths in the NHS. The report is a damning indictment of how the NHS identifies, reports, investigates and learns from deaths of patients. AvMA Chief Executive Peter Walsh was member of the Expert Advisory Group advising the CQC on the review. He said: “The report goes further than any other so far in exposing the dire quality and inconsistency of many NHS investigations. The most shocking thing is the widespread failure to involve patients’ families in investigations when there has been a death.