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Doctors and nurses found guilty of “wilful neglect” of patients could face jail, the government is proposing

BBC News

Wilful neglect will be made a criminal offence in England and Wales under NHS changes next week following the Mid Staffordshire and other care scandals. The offence will be modelled on one punishable by up to five years in prison under the Mental Capacity Act. Doctors’ leaders said the threat of criminal sanctions could create a climate of fear in the NHS. The government’s proposals are due to be unveiled next week. Prime Minister Cameron said health workers who mistreated and abused patients would face “the full force of the law” in a package of measures. A consultation on what scale of sentence should be applied to the extended law will be carried out over the next few months.

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