Doctors should be covered to say 'I'm sorry'

Medical ethicists are calling for a ban on medical insurers voiding indemnity cover when doctors apologise to patients.

The call is part of wider push for a revamp of open disclosure laws aimed at encouraging greater honesty with patients harmed by care.

Writing in the Medical Journal of Australia, the authors said there needed to be "blanket" cover for "apologies and statement of regret, including admissions of fault&quot