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.”