It has been announced that Robert Francis QC, the individual who led the independent inquiry into the scandal of poor care at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust, is to join the CQC board as a non-executive director.
Mr Francis stated “The CQC has a vital contribution to make towards people getting safe, compassionate and effective care. I am pleased to see that many of the recommendations I made in my reports on Mid Staffordshire for cultural change in the healthcare system and the CQC itself are being adopted. I hope to make a positive contribution to the work of CQC, supporting its current direction of travel and representing its work and its continuing development as a role model of transparency and openness.”
David Prior, Chairman of the Care Quality Commission said “The appointment of Robert Francis makes a very clear statement – the interests of patients, all those who receive care and their relatives will be at the heart of everything that CQC does.”
Mr Francis will serve a term of office of three years.