Under fire NHS boss: 'I won't go'

NHS boss Sir David Nicholson has said he will not quit as he headed to a meeting of the board which has the power to sack him over the failings at Stafford Hospital.

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NHS trust running Stafford Hospital may be put into administration

The Francis Report found "failure of the NHS system at every level" in regard to abuse at the hospital. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Health officials are consulting on whether or not to put the scandal-hit Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust into administration.

Regulator Monitor said it was considering the move in order to "safeguard services" for local patients.

If the move goes ahead, the trust will be the first foundation trust in the country to be put under the charge of special administrators.

Stafford Hospital failings to be heard by NHS board

The serious failings at the centre of the Stafford Hospital scandal, which have led to calls for NHS boss Sir David Nicholson to resign, will shortly be aired at a meeting of the NHS Commissioning Board.

The meeting will be streamed live on the NHS CB's website.

Click on the link about this image to watch the meeting. Credit: commissioningboard.nhs.uk

Robert Francis QC, who chaired the Mid Staffs Inquiry into concerns at the NHS Foundation Trust between 2005 and 2009, will describe his findings to the board. It is the second item on the meeting's agenda.

NHS boss Sir David, who has the support of Prime Minister David Cameron, confirmed to ITV News he would not be resigning over the scandal amid silent protests outside the meeting in Manchester.

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NHS boss remains defiant despite calls to resign

NHS boss Sir David Nicholson has confirmed to ITV News he will not be standing down today over the Stafford Hospital scandal as he arrived to attend a meeting of the NHS Commissioning Board in Manchester.

When asked by ITV News' Midlands Correspondent Rupert Evelyn: "Will you be resigning today?", he replied: "No."

Sir David also made no comment on the latest scandal at Royal Bolton Hospital, which saw the hospital's acting chief executive step down as an investigation begins into patient death rates.

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Julie Bailey: We want his resignation, if not his sacking

NHS campaigner Julie Bailey, who set up Cure the NHS after her mother Bella died at Stafford Hospital in 2007, has said she will ask members of the NHS Commissioning Board to call for their boss' resignation:

We want his [Sir David Nicholson's] resignation, if not his sacking.

He has brought the NHS into disrepute.

We are planning to lobby members of the board to call for him to resign.

– julie bailey, founder, cure the nhs

Timeline: The Stafford Hospital scandal

The campaigners calling for the boss of the NHS to quit are part of a group that was founded because of abuses witnessed in Stafford Hospital. Here is a brief reminder of how the scandal unfolded:

  • November 2007 - Julie Bailey founds the Cure the NHS campaign group after witnessing abuses at Stafford Hospital in the run-up to her mother Bella's death.
  • March 2009 - First report into poor care under Mid-Staffs NHS Trust describes patients being left in pain, lying in soiled bedding and not being given medication.
  • May 2009 - Cure the NHS first pushes for a public inquiry.
  • April 2010 - Cure the NHS movement goes national.
  • November 2010 - Chairman Robert Francis QC opens public inquiry. Hundreds of witnesses are called over subsequent years.
  • February 2013 - Francis Report concludes there was a "failure of the NHS system at every level" and makes 290 recommendations, but does not single out individuals for blame.

NHS boss 'not ashamed' of still being in his job

The boss of the NHS, Sir David Nicholson, has previously told ITV News that he is "not ashamed" that he is still in the job despite the revelations about Stafford Hospital.

Sir David was chief executive of the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority between 2005 and 2006, which was responsible for setting targets for hospitals in Mid-Staffordshire.

He told ITV News presenter Mark Austin he was not aware of abuses at Stafford Hospital at the time:

Campaigners seeking accountability for the abuses outlines in the Francis Report will today call for Sir David to resign.

Campaigners step up calls for NHS boss to resign

NHS boss Sir David Nicholson Credit: ITV News

Health campaigners who are demanding that senior managers are held to account for the Stafford Hospital "disaster" will today step up their calls for the resignation of NHS boss Sir David Nicholson.

Campaign group Cure the NHS said its members would stage a silent protest outside today's meeting of the NHS Commissioning Board in Manchester.

Planned to last for the duration of the three-hour meeting, the protest will also see the group lobbying individual members of the board to themselves ask Sir David to resign.

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