Government response to the Francis Report

The government has today (19 November 2013) published a full response to the 290 recommendations made in the Francis Report by Robert Francis QC.  The Francis Report was commissioned following the public enquiry into failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Some of the main actions referred to in the government response include:

  • Hospitals in England will be required to publish monthly ward-by-ward reports on staffing levels and other safety measures.
  • A statutory duty of candour is to be imposed for providers and a professional duty of candour for individuals.
  • Trusts will be liable if they have not been open with a patient.
  • A new criminal offence for wilful neglect is to be introduced into legislation.
  • A new care certificate is to be introduced to ensure that healthcare assistants and social care support workers have the right fundamental training and skill.
  • An extra 3700 nurses are to be employed for the NHS in England.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said “today’s measures are a blueprint for restoring trust in the NHS, reinforcing professional pride in NHS frontline staff and above all giving confidence to patients.  I want every patient in every hospital to have confidence that they will be given the best and safest care and the way to do that is to be completely open and transparent.”

To view the full report you can follow the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mid-staffordshire-nhs-ft-public-inquiry-government-response

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