The present RLT Committee comprises of Will Powell (Robbie’s father), a Q.C. and lawyers with experience in medical negligence, a barrister with legislative drafting experience, health professionals, film-makers who have made programmes on the subject, a businessman and other professional supporters.
As and when we require specialist expertise, additional professionals will be instructed to advise the Committee.
Unquantifiable distress and harm can be caused by health care workers’ lack of perceived candour to patients and relatives and lessons from adverse outcomes of medical treatment are often not learned. We seek to achieve three objectives:
- A civil legal duty fully and truthfully to inform and answer when questions are asked;
- Criminal offences of falsification and alteration of medical records;
- An independent Medical Accidents Investigation Authority answerable to Parliament or the Secretary of State for Health (cf the Air Accidents Investigation Branch and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch which are both answerable to the Secretary of State to the Department for Transport).
Truth, Evidence and Accountability in Healthcare