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Inquiry into Mid-Staffordshire trust will look into “uncomfortable and difficult” issues

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 15 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3816
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    The chairman of the independent inquiry commissioned by the UK government to look into the care provided by Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust pledged this week that he would not shy away from examining “uncomfortable and difficult” issues. Robert Francis QC said that the inquiry would “ensure that all lessons from this period are learnt.”

    He has been appointed to look into how a situation that has been called the worst NHS scandal since Labour came to power in 1997 was allowed to develop and to make recommendations to prevent a recurrence.

    But Peter Walsh, chief executive of the patients’ charity Action Against Medical Accidents, said that …

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