Stafford report delay

The administrators of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust have been granted more time to prepare a report into how the trust should be run. The trust runs Stafford Hospital, where hundreds of patients died needlessly between 2005 and 2009.

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'Too many things have been swept under the carpet'

The Health Secretary is expected to announce a ban on gagging orders, which prevent NHS whistleblowers expressing concerns about patient safety, in a response to the Francis Report on Mid Staffordshire Trust.

Chris Dalziel lost her husband George after a routine operation at Stafford Hospital in 2007.

She said: "We've got to have people that will actually stand up, and they're not going to suffer by losing jobs through whistle blowing. People need to come forward, they need to be honest about everything that's going on in the hospital".

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NHS nurses to spend a year on frontline care, says Hunt

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will today announce a more practical emphasis of policy for aspiring nurses.

"Frontline, hands-on caring experience and values need to be equal with academic training," Mr Hunt will say.

"These measures are about recruiting all staff with the right values and giving them the training they need to do their job properly, so that patients are treated with compassion."


Health secretary expected to publish response to Francis Report

Jeremy Hunt Credit: PA

The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, is today expected to publish his formal response to the Francis Report, which found as many as 1,200 people could have died needlessly as a result of maltreatment and neglect at Stafford Hospital.

The report found that the elderly and vulnerable were left unwashed, unfed and without fluids as the trust chased targets and focused on finances.

The Francis Report was made public in February this year.

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Jeremy Hunt to publish response to Francis report

Jeremy Hunt Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Aspiring nurses will have to work for up to a year as a healthcare assistant or support worker before they can apply to become a nurse, Jeremy Hunt will announce later today.

The move will "give the public confidence" that people entering the profession can give compassionate care, the Health Secretary will say.

Hunt will also publish the government's response to the Francis report into serious failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust which highlighted "appalling and unnecessary suffering of hundreds of people" at Stafford Hospital between 2005 and 2009.


NHS boss gave incorrect evidence about whistleblower

The Chief Executive of the NHS, Sir David Nicholson, has admitted giving incorrect evidence to MPs.

Mr Nicholson yesterday told MPs the former head of United Lincolnshire NHS Trust, Gary Walker, had not explicitly identified himself as a whistleblower or raised concerns about patient safety.

However, in a letter to Margaret Hodge MP, who chairs the Public Accounts Committee, Sir David said after "reviewing correspondence", Mr Walker had identified himself as a whistleblower in a letter in July 2009.

Sir David added the action taking in response to Mr Walker's letter was "appropriate"

Mr Walker was sacked from his job in 2010, allegedly for swearing in a meeting. However, he says the real reason was his refusal to prioritise waiting list targets over emergency care for patients, and says he was subject to a "gagging clause" as part of the terms of his pay-off.

Stafford Hospital chief executive stands down

Stafford Hospital's Chief Executive, Lyn Hill-Tout Credit: ITV News Central

The chief executive of the scandal-hit Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, who was credited with vastly improving standards, is to retire from her position.

Lyn Hill-Tout will step down from her post and leave the trust by the end of May.

She was praised by colleagues who said the major reorganisation she led over the past two years had "led to substantial improvements to the safety and care of our patients".

The findings of a public inquiry into "appalling" standards of care at Stafford Hospital between 2005 and 2009 were published last month.

Ms Hill-Tout, who has worked for the NHS for 39 years, said it had been a "great privilege" to have worked for the public sector service.

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