Doctors and nurses found guilty of “wilful neglect” of patients could face jail terms, the government is proposing. Wilful neglect will be made a criminal offence under NHS reforms introduced following the Mid Staffordshire and other care scandals.
The doctors and nursers are accused of both neglect and abuse that led to hundreds of unecessary deaths?
The offence will be modelled on one punishable by up to five years in prison under the Mental Capacity Act. The government’s proposals are due to be unveiled next week.
Prime Minister David Cameron said health workers who mistreated and abused patients would face “the full force of the law” in a package of measures.
Just one question, is five years enough?
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