Coming into effect this week is a new NHS Regulation entitled Regulation 20: Duty of Candour.

The regulation has as its aim that health service bodies (as defined) are open and transparent when certain incidents occur in heath care. It builds on a pre-existing contractual obligation.

Disclosure of an adverse event is to be recorded in writing.

The enactment of the regulation follows recommendation 181 of the Francis Inquiry into the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.