Public inquiry into Mid Staffs will report in the spring

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 10 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3117
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    A full public inquiry into the failings in patient care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation is to take place and report next spring, the government has said.

    The health secretary Andrew Lansley, who made the announcement on 9 June, said in the House of Commons, “This was a failure of the trust first and foremost, but it was also a national failure of the regulatory and supervisory system who should have secured the quality and safety of patient care.”

    The inquiry will be chaired by Robert Francis QC and, unlike previous inquiries, will be held in public and have the power to force witnesses to attend and speak under oath. It will investigate how events at the trust went undetected and unchallenged for so long by examining the role of the commissioning, supervisory and regulatory bodies. It is expected to report in March 2011.

    Problems at the trust came to light in March 2009 when the Healthcare Commission reported that there had been at least …

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