NMC to review handling of Morecambe Bay chronology document

NMC review

As part of our response to the PSA’s lessons learned review and in line with our commitment to being an open and transparent organisation, we’ve asked Verita, an independent body, to look at how we handled a specific piece of evidence in the Morecambe Bay fitness to practise cases.

In May this year, the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) published its lessons learned review looking at our approach to those cases. As part of the review, the PSA looked at our handling of a piece of evidence – a chronology - prepared by one of the families in 2008, following the death of their son. The PSA’s review found no documentary record of the chronology being in our possession between the time it was first referenced in 2010 and the time the cases were heard in 2016. It also identified possible inconsistencies in our explanation around what happened.

That’s why we’ve asked an independent body to look at what happened to the chronology and importantly, to make recommendations for how we can improve our systems and processes for handling sensitive information in the future.

Terms of reference for the review can be found here.


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