‘Offered with calculated bursts of candour’

Hole Ousia

In the novel ‘Serious Sweet’ by A.L Kennedy, the troubled senior civil servant, Jonathan Sigurdsson, muses on his occupation and how he has learned to use language. At one point he reveals how effective it is to offer “calculated bursts of candour”.

Since the 1st of April 2018, Organisational Duty of Candour has become a statutory requirement for “all organisations in Scotland who provide health or social care to the public”.

Legislation now enshrines this, but only for “providers”.

Neither the Scottish Government (Department of Health) nor Healthcare Improvement Scotland are legally considered as “providers”and so are exempt from duty of candour.

The irony, if it is just that, is that both of these organisations were instrumental in introducing “duty of candour”.

As an NHS employee I have been sent guidance on statutory ‘Organisational Duty of Candour’ which outlined how this report , by the National Patient Safety…

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