What new disclosure laws around adverse events mean for doctors

Lawyer Michael Gorton says the reforms came out of the Bacchus Marsh baby death scandal

Landmark laws will be introduced in Victoria by the end of the year that will require all public and private hospitals to apologise to patients and conduct a review whenever serious adverse events occur in their care. 

Michael Gorton
Michael Gorton.

Called the statutory duty of candour, it extends existing open disclosure policies.

However, legal experts argue making these