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Royal College of Surgeons failed to follow up its critical report on Mid Staffordshire trust, inquiry hears

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4189 (Published 01 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4189
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The Royal College of Surgeons wrote a highly critical report about surgery at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust in 2007 but took no action to make sure that its recommendations were followed up, its president has admitted.

John Black told the Mid Staffordshire public inquiry: “I believe we wrote to them, and we never subsequently made sure that the recommendations had been carried out.”

Counsel to the inquiry, Tom Kark QC, asked, “Do you recognise that for a member of the public listening to that, to say it is unacceptable is putting it mildly?” Mr Black replied: “I would accept that. The recommendations were made …

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