Feature Mid Staffs Inquiry

Who knew what, and when, at Mid Staffs?

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f726 (Published 06 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f726

Re: Who knew what, and when, at Mid Staffs?

Robert Francis QC accuses NHS clinical staff and managers of failing to act despite 1,000 deaths and overwhelming evidence of “appalling suffering”, but he declines to name names or blame individuals.

The prime minister agrees that there should be no “scapegoating”.

To “scapegoat” is to blame the innocent to allow the guilty to go unpunished.

The innocent have already suffered: those responsible should be held to account.

Dr John Doherty

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 February 2013
John Doherty
Retired occupational physician
United Nations
Vienna 1040