Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc and Care) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 3 March 2016.

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As other members do, I recognise that it may not always be in the best interests of the individual to be told about what has happened. In implementing the duty of candour, organisations will be required to consider that carefully and ensure that they do not have a one-size-fits-all approach to disclosing information. Organisations will be required to check whether the affected person wants to be told about what went wrong, but regardless of that, the main aim is that organisations will be required to take steps to review incidents irrespective of whether the affected person wants to be told about what went wrong. The bill allowed that to be included in regulations, and the Scottish Government’s duty of candour implementation advisory group will, of course, include that in implementing the bill.

Given Malcolm Chisholm’s persistence on that point and, perhaps, as a parting gift from the Scottish Government, I am content to support amendments 3 and 4.