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Francis response: NHS England to launch new ‘hospital safety’ website

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A dedicated hospital safety website will be launched next year as part of the government’s response to Robert Francis QC’s report, ministers have announced.

The government’s response to the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust public inquiry said the website will provide the public with “up to date” information on a range of patient safety metrics.

These include staffing levels; pressure ulcers; healthcare associated infections and other key indicators, where appropriate at ward level.

It is unclear if the new website will be linked to the already existing and popular patient information website, NHS Choices, which is in the process of a substantial revamp.  

The report added: “The website will aim to begin publication from June 2014. It will, over time, become a key source of public information, putting the truth about care at the fingertips of patients and updated monthly never events.”

Never events are already published at trust level but the report said NHS England will now publish national never event data quarterly before the end of 2013, and then monthly from April 2014.

A DH spokeswoman said NHS England was leading on the patient safety response to the inquiry but it had not yet been decided which organisation would develop the new website.

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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