We fill you in on the up-to-the minute news of the Francis Report
5.00am - Our Editor Jenni Middleton speaks on Radio Five Live about the Francis Report that will be published at 11.30am today.
9.00am - There should be a network of “patient safety officers” across the health service to ensure that poor standards of care witnessed at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust are not brushed under the carpet, a union said.
9.55 am - Francis Report confirmed to be three volumes
10.01am - “Rumours of 100+ recommendations” in today’s Francis Report via @ShaunLintern
10.58am - Nurses tweet about feeling “worried at the thought that there are more hospitals providing disgraceful care and this isn’t an isolated case” via @yinyins88
11.00am - How do you feel about the upcoming Francis Report? Let us know
11.30am - Francis Report is pubished and it’s announced that HCAs will now be regulated
11.45am - Francis Report has 290 recommendations.
11.54am - Editor, Jenni Middleton, says ‘Francis will encourage nursing to put patients before paperwork’
11.57am - The Francis Report states, “The Nursing and Midwifery Council could consider a concept of employment liaison officers, similar to that of the General Medical Council, to provide support to directors of nursing. If this is impractical, a support network of senior nurse leaders will have to be engaged in filling this gap.”
12.01pm - Directors of NHS providers should be subject to a new fit and proper person test, Robert Francis QC has recommended. However, he has not called for regulation of all NHS managers.
12.15pm - Robert Francis QC has described the Royal College of Nursing as “ineffective” both as a professional organisation and as a trade union, and it should consider separating its two roles.
1.30pm - RCN respond to Francis criticism, saying they have “lessons to learn” from the way they handled events surrounding the care failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust.
1.45pm - The government’s splitting of the chief nursing officer role in England into two positions should be “kept under review”, according to the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust public inquiry report.
2.00pm - Nursing Times’ Kathryn Godfrey blogs ‘It is hard to hear criticism of the nursing profession’
2.23pm - Calls for the regulation of healthcare assistants and safe staffing levels have been broadly welcomed by health unions, Unison and Unite.
2.34pm - Nursing Times published its Top five Francis Report policy recommendations that will affect you as a nurse
3.00pm - Nursing times’ Kathryn Godfrey suggests 9 ways the Francis report could change your nursing practice
4.00pm - Prime minister David Cameron has described the regulation of healthcare assistants as “complicated”, hinting that it unlikely to be implemented by the government, despite being one of the 290 proposals in his report in Robert Francis QC’s report.
4.28pm - NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh is to investigate trusts with high death rates “and check remedial action is being taken”
5.04pm - We ask you: how do you feel about the Francis report recommendations? Take our Francis report survey now
5.18pm - You can now watch a video of the Francis report press conference on our homepage