The law may now come into effect as soon as April. According to the RPS, it aims to increase patient safety by reducing the fear of criminal prosecution and encouraging a more open culture of error reporting and learning from mistakes.
RPS president Ash Soni said: “MPs and Peers from across the political parties approved a change to the law in December, so I am pleased to see this step towards it being implemented. Fostering a culture where health professionals feel able to report errors and learn from their mistakes will support a safer and better service for patients. I now look forward to the government publishing the long-awaited consultation on similar proposals for hospitals and other pharmacy settings as soon as possible.”