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February 2013

Francis report and the workforce crisis

Robert Francis QC

Robert Francis QC

 

In February, the nursing world held its collective breath before the long-awaited Francis report into care failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust was unveiled. Ahead of the seminal report on patient safety, Nursing Times readers warned of widespread staffing shortages.
Wards dangerously understaffed, warn more than half of nurses

 

Nursing Times reporters were at the Francis report launch conference on 6 February and provided minute-by-minute coverage and analysis throughout the day.
Francis Live: Nursing Times Rolling News

 

Among the many stories we wrote about the Francis report recommendations on 6 February, one concerning criticisms aimed at the RCN proved one of the most popular. Robert Francis QC recommended the organisation divide its two roles as a union and a royal college in order to improve its effectiveness in both these areas.
Francis report: RCN labelled ‘ineffective’

 

In the wake of the Francis report, Nursing Times reported exclusively about the findings of a government-commissioned report warning of future shortages of nurses working on the frontline.
NHS facing potential nurse workforce crisis, study warns

 

Just when we thought Mid-Staffordshire trust was sliding out of the limelight, another story emerged of shocking abuse by a healthcare assistant based at Stafford Hospital.
Stafford HCA struck off after ‘losing it’ with older patient

 

We then revealed how cost-savings are leading some trusts to “bump up” the roles of senior HCAs to take on duties traditionally done by nurses, while nurses are fulfilling the roles of junior doctors. The spotlight on this occasion was on plans set out by Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust.
Trust plans to count senior HCAs as nurses in cost cutting plans

 

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