Individual Duty of Candour Options Research

Date published: 13 February 2019

Research paper setting out the implications of an individual duty of candour being introduced for healthcare staff in the Health service in Northern Ireland.


Considers how other jurisdictions have dealt with calls for the introduction of a duty of candour for staff and if such a measure was introduced what impact it has made on employments contracts.

Summarises the arguments that have been made for and against an individual duty of candour on other jurisdictions. Sets out options to encourage a culture of openness and disclosure including:

  • the role of healthcare regulators in upholding the professional duty of candour
  • how contracts of employment might deal with the requirements on individuals
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