Thursday, June 16, 2011

Robbie’s Law

Robbie’s Law to give families the right to get the truth about medical negligence

THE family of a Welsh schoolboy who died as a result of medical negligence has been credited with inspiring the UK Government to introduce a duty on healthcare providers to be honest with patients and their families when things go wrong.Patients’ rights campaigners said the so-called Duty of Candour should be known as “Robbie’s Law” in honour of 10-year-old Robbie Powell who was killed in 1990 by a treatable condition that doctors missed.The UK Government this week committed itself to the legal duty in its response to the NHS Future Forum report which sets out how the health service in England will be modernised in the future.

Maybe, just maybe, justice?
In the distant future?

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