The completion of the report of the public inquiry into care failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust has been delayed until January, it was confirmed yesterday.
A statement from inquiry chair Robert Francis QC today confirmed he no longer planned to deliver the report to the government on October 15, as reported by Nursing Times on Tuesday.
Instead, it said, he “hopes to deliver his final report to the Secretary of State for Health by early January 2013, when Parliament returns from its recess”.
Mr Francis said: “The Inquiry has heard a huge amount of evidence from many witnesses and organisations, and has gathered information from a number of seminars and visits.
“In addition, I need to complete a number of formal processes, to ensure any conclusions and recommendations I produce are fair andconstructive. Pulling this together into the final report is a complex and sensitive process.
“In order to ensure thorough consideration of these matters, I have written to the Secretary of State for Health to inform him that I now plan to complete my work in time to deliver my report to him by early January 2013.
“As before, I am making this information publicly available, so that core participants, witnesses and those following the Inquiry are fully aware of the inquiry’s progress.”