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Francis Inquiry 

The Government published its full response to the Francis report on Tuesday 19 November. It followed an initial response to Robert Francis QC's landmark report into failings in care at Mid Staffordshire Foundation NHS Trust in March 2013.

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In its response -- Hard truths --  the Government announced that there will be:

  • regular publication of patient safety data
  • statutory duty of candour on organisations and professional duty on individuals
  • greater senior involvement in complaints handling
  • guidance and tools for setting staffing levels and regular publication of actual levels
  • fit and proper persons test for board members and greater performance management of very senior managers
  • a new offence of wilful neglect, applicable to individuals and to organisations
  • a 'Clinical Bureaucracy Index' for trusts and Concordat between national bodies to reduce bureaucracy.

Regulation and quality

The Government and regulators are responding to the quality challenge raised in the Francis report through a series of new legal measures.

We are feeding in members’ views to policymakers working on these issues through a series of consultations, including the Department of Health and the Care Quality Commission.

Find out more about the consultations -- including the duty of candour and fit and proper persons test -- and share your views. 

Briefings and presentations

Member briefings Date

Full Government response to the Francis report

19 November
Francis - the story so far 

15 November

Care Bill

10 May
Government response to Francis report

26 March
Francis report 

6 February

 Presentations  Date
What the Francis report means for the NHS - PDF and slideshare format at the foot of this page.  16 March
Background to the inquiry


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Clare Gorman

Jonathan Evans

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