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What are today's key government recommendations following the Francis Report?


Your five-second guide to today’s government announcement on NHS change in light of the Francis Report

  1. Students seeking funding for nursing degrees will first have to serve a year as a healthcare assistant
  2. Healthcare assistants will not face statutory regulation but they will be subject to national minimum training and a code of conduct, under government proposals responding to the Francis report
  3. The Nursing and Midwifery Council and other professional regulators will also be required “to tighten their procedures for breaches of professional standards”.
  4. Hospitals and other healthcare providers, such as GP practices, will be subject to a statutory duty of candour
  5. There will be revalidation for nurses once the Nursing and Midwifery Council turns around its own poor performance
  6. There will be no mandatory minimum staffing levels but there will be National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence tools on staffing levels. Local organisations will be expected to report staffing levels and the chief inspector of hospitals will examine them
  7. There will be hourly nursing rounding at all hospitals
  8. There will not be a specific nursing speciality for older people

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  • Are there any recommendations for the management staff who failed to support the nursing staff who were attempting to highlight the problems?

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  • meanwhile back at the workhouse...... just saying

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  • A couple of years ago there was supposed to be a big drive towards getting statutory regulation for Health Care Assistants what happened? If you want improvement in the NHS I would suggest a Government that stops moving the goal posts and actually implements their pledges. After all isn't it said a good leader leads by example?

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  • If those in power truly understood the problem, hourly nursing rounds would not have been one of the key recommendations. This will introduce another piece of paper at the bedside that will be ticked for the sake of it and does not get to the root of the problem. The managers and audit will love it and the pretence that all is well will continue until the next Mid Staffs disaster.

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  • And these all have little or no impact on nursing now (or arguably in the future got that matter). They miss the point almost

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