Mid Staffordshire inquiry will advise on dangers of reform and how to avoid them

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 05 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7920
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A “tide of public anger” over what happened at Stafford Hospital will be assuaged only if the right measures to guarantee the safety of patients and the quality of care are identified and put in place, Robert Francis QC said in his closing remarks as chairman of the public inquiry into failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

In the 13 months that the inquiry had been sitting, serious concerns had surfaced elsewhere in the NHS in various reports, many of them “with disturbing echoes of what happened here,” said Mr Francis. “To the extent that it was ever thought to be the case, I do not think anyone now maintains that at least some of the appalling experiences of which I have heard are unique to Stafford.”

The challenge he faced was “to draw out the …

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