Our call for legal protection of reflective notes

While we don’t ask for reflective notes from doctors in order to investigate a concern, ultimately all written materials, including reflections, are potentially disclosable in the context of litigation: currently there is no legal privilege shielding them from disclosure.

In June 2019, Leslie Hamilton and his working group published their independent review into how the laws on gross negligence manslaughter and culpable homicide are applied to medical practice. This recommended that UK Parliament and the devolved governments should consider how doctors' reflections could be given legal protection. We support this and will continue to advocate for doctors' reflective notes to be protected in law.