Government should not take “big stick” to NHS after Mid Staffs report, says think tank

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 15 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1722
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Moves to punish the NHS for failings at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust would undermine any chance of a positive change in the health service towards more openness, claims a leading health think tank.

The Nuffield Trust published a report on 14 March to help inform the government’s own response to the report of Robert Francis QC’s public inquiry into the problems at Mid Staffordshire.1 2

In its report the think tank said that it fully supported Francis’s recommendations that listening to and understanding patients must come first in NHS services. It also backed the idea of a new statutory duty of candour to encourage a new culture within the …

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