After much anticipation Robert Francis QC, Chairman of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry, has today published the three-volume report of his findings to the public, over two and a half years since the inquiry was first established.
Throughout the day, NHS local has been closely following developments, sharing the latest news on Twitter using the hashtag #Francis. Below is a summary of key events and statements that have taken place today.
- At 11.30am the final report was made public. The full report, divided into three volumes, and an executive summary of the chairman’s findings can be downloaded and viewed in their entirety on the Inquiry website.
- Shortly after the publication of his report, Robert Francis QC delivered a prepared statement to the press in which he presented a summary of his findings. In total there are 290 recommendations in the report, which are intended to “support all in the service to make patient centred values and standards real, but also to bring teeth to the task of changing behaviours required”. According to Francis, five things are needed to foster this culture:
- No tolerance of non-compliance with fundamental standards;
- Openness and transparency, candour to patients;
- Strong cultural leadership and caring;
- Compassionate nursing;
- Useful, accurate information about services.
- At 12.30pm, Prime Minister David Cameron addressed the House of Commons with the Government’s response to the report. Leader of the Opposition Ed Milliband then immediately delivered his response, before Members of Parliament were able to ask the Prime Minister questions. A transcript of this session is available to read here.
- Throughout the afternoon, numerous NHS bodies and other health organisations have published press releases in response to the report and its findings. These organisations include (but are not limited to): The Department of Health; The NHS Commissioning Board; and The NHS Confederation.
It is expected that further statements will be made throughout the remainder of the week. NHS local will continue to report on developments as they happen. To keep up to date you can follow NHS local on Twitter, and also follow the hashtags #Francis, #FrancisReport, and #MidStaffs.