Francis response: Government pledges to invest in safe discharges
The government has pledged to spend £1bn between 2010 and 2015 on making hospital discharges safer through helping people regain their independence and confidence in the community.
In its full response to the Francis report, published today, the government voiced concerns over patients being discharged in unsafe circumstances stating this “is clearly a matter of clinical negligence and a breach of the duty of care that professionals have towards those they care for”.
The Francis report highlighted a need for continued care post-discharge and highlighted the safety implications of not providing this.
The government said it plans to address this area in its new set of fundamental standards that care providers must meet in order to be registered with the Care Quality Commission.
The government’s full response to the Francis report into care failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust was published today.
In its response report – Hard Truths: the journey to putting patients first – the government has accepted 281 of the 290 recommendations made by the Francis report in February.
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