I read the story of a lady suffering burns during breast enlargement surgery with interest. I have dealt with cases where patients have been negligently burnt by diathermy machines during surgery leaving behind terrible scarring. I have never, however dealt with a case where the surgeon has tried to cover up what happened. This raises the important issue of whether there should be a statutory duty of candour. I understand that accidents will never be completely eradicated, however there should be a statutory duty on medical staff to be open and honest when things go wrong. I think most people will agree that it is not the accident itself which is most shocking but the fact that Dr Brunner allegedly failed to fill out an incident report form and tried her best to cover up how the burn occurred.Nisha Sharma is a solicitor specialising in clinical negligence. If you or a member of your family have a clinical negligence enquiry please call our expert clinical negligence solicitors on 0800 916 9049, fill in our short online claim form or email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our specialist clinical negligence team will be in touch.