Hospitals should be rated on their care of older people, Royal College of Physicians recommends

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 03 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5389
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

The Royal College of Physicians is to review its training and assessment processes in light of the Francis inquiry, to ensure that trainee doctors are encouraged to focus on quality and that their competence in raising concerns and treating patients with dignity is assessed.

In a detailed response to Robert Francis’s public inquiry into failings at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, the college has pledged to strengthen doctors’ leadership skills and to publish new guidance on raising concerns, to help implement the inquiry’s recommendations.1 2 3

It also recommends a new accreditation system for general hospital wards that provide high quality care for older people …

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