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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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  1. Alison MacKenzie

Changes to the NHS after Stafford hospital scandal

A legal duty of openess and honesty to expose wrong-doing in the NHS is to be brought in by the government following the Stafford hospital scandal.

A breach could lead to a criminal conviction. It is part of the government's response to the Francis report which said the system was to blame for hundreds of needless deaths.

Nurses will also have to spend 12 months on the wards as health care assistants before they can qualify in future. And there has to be an end to gagging orders.

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