In an exclusive interview with Nursing Times, chair of the Mid Staffordshire inquiry Robert Francis QC has said the nursing profession and its leaders have failed to adequately respond to the problems highlighted in his report.
Mr Francis criticised what he perceived as a lack of collective response from the profession as a whole and its representatives.
He compared the response to his recommendations from NHS managers and doctors’ leaders, saying: “They are taking this very seriously. The [medical] royal colleges are taking action.
“Putting it bluntly I have seen rather less of that from the nursing profession,” he said.
Mr Francis claimed he had seen “no reaction” to his call to strengthen the voice of nursing in order to speak up for frontline staff and prevent catastrophic care failings.
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