Irish law would require admission of medical mistakes

Accreditation Connection, August 5, 2011

In an effort to ensure more reporting of adverse events, Minister for Health James Reilly is considering a number of proposals that would impose stiff sanctions if providers fail to inform patients of medical errors, the Irish Times reports.

The terms of enforcement and definition of an adverse event is yet to be determined. As part of the Health Information Bill, the Minister is also considering affording legal protection to hospitals and doctors who make disclosures.

The British government recently announced plans to introduce a legal “duty of candour” which would advise hospitals to inform patients of mistakes.

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