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Letters Initial response to Mid Staffs report

The devil is in the detail of the government’s response to the Francis report

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 03 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2730
  1. Paquita de Zulueta, general practitioner and honorary clinical senior lecturer1
  1. 1Imperial College, London, UK
  1. p.dezulueta{at}

The government’s preliminary response to the Francis report merits careful reading. Embedded in text strewn with words such as “compassion” and “courage” are some worrying caveats.1 For example, whistleblowing is encouraged and gagging clauses are condemned, but then it says that any confidentiality clauses should go no further than is necessary “to protect patient confidentiality or …

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