Apologies (Scotland) Act 2016 due to come into force today

On 19 June 2017 new legislation will come into force in Scotland which will stop doctors’ apologies from being used as evidence of liability in most civil legal proceedings in Scotland. The Act is intended to encourage a change in people’s attitudes towards apologising, and promote a culture change within public services.

It’s important to note that this legislation applies to Scotland only, and that it will not apply to apologies made before its enforcement date of 19 June 2017. Similar legislation is in place in England and Wales through the Compensation Act 2006, although currently not in Northern Ireland.

For more information regarding the legislation, please see the Scottish Parliament website