Duty of Candour

  • Helen BoltonEmail author


Healthcare professionals must be open and honest when things go wrong; they have a ‘duty of candour’. The GMC provides clear guidance on a doctor’s professional duty of candour, including to their patients and families, employers, organisers and regulators. Health care professionals working within a CQC-registered organisation have an additional statutory (legal) duty of candour. This chapter defines the principles of duty of candour, clarifies the differences between the two, and provides practical guidance on fulfilling both the professional and statutory duty of candour.


Duty of candour Candour Honesty 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustCambridgeUK

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