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Publication date of Francis report on Mid Staffs revealed


Robert Francis QC has revealed his report on the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust public inquiry will be published on 6 February.

In a press notice issued this afternoon, Mr Francis said he would share the document with health secretary Jeremy Hunt the day before publication.

The inquiry’s remit was to consider the regulatory and supervisory systems surrounding the Midlands trust between 2005 and 2009 to identify why poor care went undiscovered for so long.

The report is expected to be critical of the culture of the health service during that period and make far reaching recommendations on improving regulation, patient safety and quality of care.

Mr Francis said: “Following discussions with the secretary of state for health, at his request I have agreed to hand my final report to him on 5 February 2013. I will then publish it on Wednesday 6 February shortly ahead of the report being laid before Parliament that day.

“I am making this information publicly available, so that core participants, witnesses and those following the inquiry are aware of its next steps.”

The announcement ends weeks of speculation about the most likely date for publication.

Publication of the report will come more than two and a half years after the public inquiry was announced by then health secretary Andrew Lansley in June 2010.

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Readers' comments (3)

  • Yes But

    The inquiry’s remit was to consider the regulatory and supervisory systems


    Having 'tightly defined systems' instead of paying proper attention to what patients, relatives and probably some staff were saying, is why this could happen in the first place !

    You don't need more 'regulation' - you need a better approach !

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  • Mr Francis' report was said to be due for publication this month(January 2013)

    One can reasonably assume that the "Draft" report has been avaiable within the Department of Health(DH) for some considerable time.

    During this time the DH Managers, Mandarins and Politicians will have been subjecting Mr Franicis to considerable pressure in attempts to soften the impact of his report on the DH!

    Time will also have been used to pre format the spin which again will seek to defect any criticism away from the centre.

    I hope I am wrong

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    what is with these people?

    we have all the latest technology and more professional knowledge and skills as well as management and leadership and know how than ever before. How is it that we still cannot get patient care and providing the very best for our patients right?

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