The chair of the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust public inquiry, Robert Francis QC, recently told MPs that frontline nurses should be “empowered” to raise concerns over short staffing.
He told the Health Select Committee that nurses should not be put in situations where they were faced with having to prioritise care due to lack of staff. But if they did find themselves in such a situation, they should be empowered to pass on their concerns.
“I wish to see them [frontline staff] empowered to express a view and by doing that they are defending their own position,” he told MPs.
Does the profession need to be empowered to raise concerns or listened to when they do? What do you think?