“For over sixty years the NHS has done no more than pay lip service to the fundamental principle that patients and their families should be told the truth when there has been an error which causes harm. Whilst frowning upon cover-ups, the system has effectively tolerated them. This culture of cover up and denial is a cancer eating away at the NHS and leads to scandals like we saw at Mid Staffordshire. A hospital that is prepared to tolerate this will not be a safe hospital"
Peter Walsh, CEO, AvMA