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Francis Live: Nursing Times Rolling News


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.

8.00am - Our reporters @sjcalkin and @ShaunLintern approach the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre where the Francis Report will be revealed

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

Patients ‘failed’ by Stafford Hospital by PressAssociation


Readers' comments (4)

  • tinkerbell

    David Cameron currently speaking about mid staffs.

    He says (paraphrased) Everyone assumed someone else was dealing with the problem. Too many doctors kept their heads down instead of speaking out when something went wrong.

    3 fundamental problems with the culture

    *patients and staff concerns not listened to

    *no one was accountable

    *no action taken on data. Focus on positives rather than negatives.

    resulting in

    Systemic failure.

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  • tinkerbell

    Credit where credits due to David Cameron and tories for commissioning this enquiry.
    You can't argue with that, can you? I don't despite my serious concerns about the NHS reforms this doesn't blinker me for congratulating David Cameron on taking this forward.

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  • tinkerbell

    so all the managers involved in mid staffs are walking away scott free it seems. David Cameron says it's 'depressing' that this has happened but for the future things will change so they aren't allowed to walk away from the problem without being accountable.

    No criminal charges then?

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  • you couldn't fault Cameron's delivery and his thorough grasp of the situation this time or Milliband's response, and then Cameron's handling of all the questions as well as the calibre and pertinence of the questions. Why can't they always work together in such a collaborative way like this, at least on health matters and the NHS? Let's keep up the good work so that improvements are rapid and visible and mid staffs never happens again, not even to one single patient in the care of the NHS.

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