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CQC registered organisations owe a duty of candour

20 January 2015

The Care Act 2014, which comes into force on 1 April 2015, imposes an obligation on any organisation registered with the Care Quality Commission to report incidents in which a person’s safety is put at risk during the course of that person being provided with a service. However, there is no obligation placed on the individual practitioner providing that service personally.

Organisations who are affected by this new duty of candour should review their contracts of employment to ensure that their employees have a contractual obligation to report any such incidents – whether resulting from their own wrongdoing or the wrongdoing of a colleague – so that it can comply with its duty to report.