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The duties of candour: what do they mean to paediatricians?
  1. Toby Reynolds1,
  2. Deirdre Kelly2
  1. 1The Liver Unit, Birmingham Childrens Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2Department of Anaesthesia, Royal London Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Deirdre Kelly, The Liver Unit, Birmingham Childrens Hospital, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, B4 6NH, UK; Deirdre.Kelly{at}


The duty of candour is a duty to be open and honest. New professional and statutory obligations have strengthened the requirement for candour for doctors and their organisations following the Mid Staffordshire Inquiry. In this article we explain what the new duties are for the practising paediatrician and the organisation. Although the new guidance may appear daunting, health professionals should be reassured that it intends to support and strengthen their professional practice and create a more open culture to improve transparency and patient care.

  • candour
  • disclosure
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