Belfast Telegraph

Council to back 'duty of candour' for medics drive

By Donna Deeney

A grieving mother's campaign to introduce a "duty of candour" compelling medics to admit their mistakes is expected to receive unanimous support from councillors tomorrow night.

Marie Ferguson's daughter Raychel was just nine when she died at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children in 2001.

Her death was investigated as part of the Hyponatraemia Inquiry.

It investigated the deaths of five children in Northern Ireland hospitals and found that four of them were avoidable.

Mrs Ferguson is calling for the introduction of Raychel's Law to ensure greater openness.

She said: "It is too late for our family now but if by launching this campaign to have a duty of candour written into law I can save other families, then perhaps it will allow me to get my own life back."

Sinn Fein councillor Patrica Logue will ask Derry and Strabane District Council to voice its support for Mrs Ferguson's campaign at a meeting tomorrow, where it is expected to receive widespread backing.

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