Cameron defends NHS boss

David Cameron has defended NHS boss Sir David Nicholson over the Francis Report findings into failings of the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust. Families have put pressure on the PM to sack Sir David.

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NHS: Mortality rates at five trusts to be investigated

Mortality rates at five trusts are to be investigated, the NHS Commissioning Board announced today, in reaction to the official report into mistreatment and neglect at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust. They are as follows:

  • Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

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'Sad and shameful day' for the NHS

The head of the NHS Confederation pledged a relentless drive to repair damage to public confidence in the health service on what he called a "sad and shameful day" for the organisation.

Mike Farrar, chief executive of the membership body for health service commissioning organisations, said the Francis Report was a much-needed ward-to-Whitehall assessment of care failures.

We owe it to every patient, family member and carer to commit to making sure these sorts of tragedies do not happen again.

It is up to all of us in the NHS to take responsibility for putting things right. We cannot externalise responsibility for standards of care to Government, politicians or regulators or anybody else.

Union: 'We risk recreating conditions that allowed tragedy'

The worry is that with the combination of huge government spending cuts andthe massive changes happening throughout the health service – where privatecompanies are increasingly likely to be the ones providing services in pursuitof profit – we risk recreating the very conditions and lack of accountability thatallowed the Mid Staffordshire tragedy to go unnoticed for so many years.

– TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady

Lack of 'care, humanity, and leadership' at Mid Staffs

Chairman of the public inquiry into serious failing at Mid Staffordshire NHS, Robert Francis QC, made a total of 290 sweeping recommendations for healthcare regulators, providers and government in his 1,782 page report.

He said the treatment received by hundreds of patients displayed a lack of "care, compassion, humanity and leadership."

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PM pays tribute to 'tireless campaigning of families'

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