06 / 7 / 2015 9.34am
Guidance on the professional duty of candour for doctors, nurses and midwives has been jointly published by The General Medical Council (GMC) and the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).
Openness and honesty when things go wrong builds on the GMC's Good medical practice guidance and the NMC's code for nurses and midwives. It states that they have a professional duty to be open and honest with patients when things go wrong and a patient suffers harm as a result.
The guidance recommends that doctors, nurses and midwives should:
- speak with the patient as soon as possible when they realise something has gone wrong with their care
- apologise and explain what has happened to the patient, what can be done to rectify any harm, and how it could be prevented in future
- report any errors early on, so lessons can be learnt quickly, preventing it happening again.
The guidance can be found on the GMC's website. See our web pages for further information on raising concerns at work.