MEDICAL ERRORS…..TRANSPARENCY AT LAST ?

sorryMinister Leo Varadker is promising major reforms in the extent to which disclosure is made to Patients where medical errors occur.   Under promised Legislation, Doctors and Health Professionals will be legally obliged to tell patients where mistakes or accidents take place in their treatment.

The Minister described as “appalling” the idea that such transparency would not be present in the treatment of patients.  In somewhat colorful language, he described the failure of doctors and health professionals to make such disclosures as equivalent to a motoring “hit and run”.

Definitely heartening that the Minister would signal such a development but, how often have we seen promised Legislation never come to fruition?   Hopefully this is an occasion where the Minister can achieve his objective.

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