The report of the £11 million public inquiry into the serious failings at Stafford Hospital will be delivered to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on 5th February, to be published the following day, says the inquiry chairman.
The inquiry is examining what went wrong between 2005 and 2009, after hundreds more people died than would have been expected.
Robert Francis QC said:
“Following discussions with the Secretary of State for Health, at his request I have agreed to hand my final report to him on 5 February 2013. I will then publish it on Wednesday 6 February shortly ahead of the report being laid before Parliament that day.
I am making this information publicly available, so that core participants, witnesses and those following the Inquiry are aware of its next steps.”
Jeremy Lefroy MP says he has been told this report will be the most important report on the NHS for the last 20 or 30 years.
A woman who has led the campaign over treatment at Stafford Hospital says she's angry that no one has been held accountable for the failings there.
A public inquiry will issue its findings over the hospital later this month. Reports today suggest that there'll be wholesale reforms of all hospitals.
The woman who led the campaign to expose poor standards of care at Stafford Hospital has said that "it is about time someone was held to account".
Reports out today from the Sunday Telegraph that a public inquiry into the failings will recommend an overhaul of regulation to ensure poor managers are replaced and better training for nurses and healthcare assistants.
Julie Bailey has published a book telling the inside story of the NHS scandal - which has been blamed for the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of patients including her mother.
However the Department of Health has dismissed reports into details of Stafford Hospital inquiry as speculation.
A spokesperson from the Department of Health has issued the following comment about today's reports into Stafford Hospital in the Sunday Telegraph.
– DoH Spokesperson
"Robert Francis QC intends to deliver his report to the Secretary of State for Health during January. The Department and the Inquiry will provide a timescale for publication at that time but expects it to be shortly thereafter, subject to the Parliamentary timetable."
Robert Francis QC, the chairman of a public inquiry into Stafford Hospital, is set to deliver a damning verdict on the whole of the health service, according to reports.
- Greater regulation of NHS managers and an overhaul of training for nurses and unqualified health care assistants
- Radical changes to the supervision and regulation of health care are required to protect patients and to respond to a “tide of public anger” about the scandal
- "Systemic" failings in NHS regulation
- In 2009, a highly-critical report by the Healthcare Commission revealed a catalogue of failings at the trust and said "appalling standards" put patients at risk.
- Between 400 and 1,200 more people died than would have been expected in a three-year period from 2005 to 2008, the Commission said.
- In February 2010, an independent inquiry into events at the trust found it had "routinely neglected patients".
A public inquiry into the serious failings of an NHS hospital, where patients suffered "appalling" treatment, will recommend an overhaul of regulation to ensure poor managers are replaced and better training for nurses and healthcare assistants, the Sunday Telegraph reported.
The £11 million inquiry, which was commissioned in 2010, examined what went wrong at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust between January 2005 and March 2009. Inquiry chair Robert Francis QC said the report will be published later this month.