Duty of Candour Public Consultation

Duty of Candour and Being Open Framework Consultation – public engagement sessions


Click here to view the Hyponatraemia Implementation Programme page

Click here to view the Department’s consultation page

The Department of Health is consulting on policy proposals to enact a statutory Duty of Candour in Northern Ireland, developed by the Duty of Candour Workstream and its Being Open Subgroup as part of the Hyponatraemia Implementation Programme. The policy proposals set out an approach to implement the recommendations relating to a statutory Duty of Candour made by the Inquiry Into Hyponatraemia-Related Deaths. Your views are welcome on the draft Strategy: click here to complete the public consultation survey

In January 2018, Justice John O’Hara published his report on the Inquiry into Hyponatraemia-Related Deaths (IHRD).  His first recommendation was that a statutory Duty of Candour should be enacted in Northern Ireland and that it should apply to Healthcare Organisations and everyone working for them.  Justice O’Hara also recommended that criminal liability should attach to breach of this duty and to obstruction of another in the performance of this duty.  He made further recommendations about the guidance, support and protection that should be provided for staff in order to create a more open culture.

In addition to the online Citizen Space survey, the Patient and Client Council would like to invite you to attend a virtually facilitated engagement session. The session will last for 2 hours and provides an alternative way to share your thoughts and views in relation to the proposed policy options for the statutory Duty of Candour and Being Open Framework. If you would like to attend one of our sessions, please use the form below to register.