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Jeremy Hunt to address NHS Confederation

Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt will speak at the NHS Confederation conference in Liverpool today - where on Wednesday delegates heard their boss call for fewer hospital beds and more GP surgeries as a way of dealing with the rise in demand for emergency services.

Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt will address the NHS Confederation conference in Liverpool. Credit: Press Assocition

The head of the health service in England, Sir David Nicholson will also address the conference. Sir Nicholson announced last month that he would be retiring at the end of the year.

Campaigner condemns board's support for NHS boss

Campaign leader Julie Bailey has criticised the decision of the NHS Commissioning Board to offer its full support behind the health service's boss Sir David Nicholson in the wake of the Stafford Hospital scandal.

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Health Minister: NHS staff must be empowered

Following the Francis Inquiry, we need to empower staff to look after patients in a way that they think is best. It is also vital that we support a more open culture.

In considering the Government's response to the Francis Inquiry, we shall be looking at how the NHS can do more to support staff to raise any concerns they have about patient care.

Openness, transparency and supporting staff to speak up when they have concerns is key to protecting patients and achieving high quality care.

– Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter

NHS boss strongly backed by health service leaders

Professor Malcolm Grant (left) reiterated the board's support for Sir David Nicholson (right). Credit: commissioningboard.nhs.uk

NHS boss Sir David Nicholson has been strongly backed by leaders of the health service's Commissioning Board.

Commission chair Professor Malcolm Grant said he has been "deeply worried" by the recent public criticism of Mr Nicholson and said the board remained "committed to him".

He said there had been a search for "accountability and a focus on David Nicholson" in the wake of the Francis Report into failings at Stafford Hospital.

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NHS boss: 'We need to absorb the criticism'

NHS boss Sir David Nicholson addressing the Commissioning Board. Credit: commissioningboard.nhs.uk

NHS boss Sir David Nicholson has said health service leaders need to "absorb the criticism" in the wake of a report into the Stafford Hospital scandal.

Mr Nicholson praised recommended changes to the NHS in the Francis Report as "radical" and said "getting the right culture" in the health service was vital, adding: "Standards are so, so important."

NHS leaders told to listen to their critics after scandal

Robert Francis QC said NHS leaders needed "openness and candour". Credit: commissioningboard.nhs.uk

NHS leaders have been told they need to acknowledge their collective and individual responsibilities and listen to criticism in the wake of the Stafford Hospital scandal.

Robert Francis QC, who chaired the Mid Staffs Inquiry into concerns at the NHS Foundation Trust between 2005 and 2009, has told members of the NHS Commissioning Board they needed to "exemplify" a new culture of openness.

Speaking at the board's meeting in Manchester, Mr Francis told the members they needed to engage in individual cases in future and listen to difficult issues rather than people who tell them what a good job they are doing.

NHS 'cannot be cured' with Nicholson in charge

Leading campaigner Julie Bailey has led calls for the resignation of chief executive Sir David Nicholson following the Stafford Hospital scandal.

Mrs Bailey set up the organisation Cure The NHS after her mother, Bella, died at Stafford Hospital in 2007. Speaking while leading protests in Manchester, she said her message to the NHS board today was:

How can we start to cure the NHS when the person who was in charge of those failings is now expected to be in charge of putting it right?

Jeremy Hunt to be consulted on foundation trust future

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will be consulted on whether to put the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust into administration.

Health regulator Monitor confirmed in a statement it will discuss the move with Mr Hunt and "key organisations", saying:

A decision in principle was taken by Monitor's Board yesterday following a recommendation from experts in the Contingency Planning Team that was sent into the Trust five months ago.

The team concluded earlier this year that the troubled trust was neither clinically nor financially sustainable in its current form in the long term.

However existing patient services have been given a clean bill of health by the Care Quality Commission.

David Bennett, Chief Executive of Monitor, added:

We are now consulting on whether to appoint Trust Special Administrators with the expertise to reorganise services in a way which is clinically robust and sustainable.

Their priority will be to make sure that patients can continue to access the services that they need and they will work with the local community to do this.

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