Measures unveiled in wake of Mid-Staffs scandal
The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has outlined the Government's plans to implement the recommendations of the Francis report.
Nearly a quarter of hospitals have been identified as providing poor quality care in a report from the health watchdog.
A further 19 hospitals are to be investigated in relation to links with Jimmy Savile, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said today.
Jeremy Hunt said Labour leader Ed Miliband's promise of an energy price freeze "is actually a con".
"If you have a price freeze, they put the price up before the price freeze and then when the freeze finishes, they put it up again", he told Daybreak.
The Health Secretary said the Government wants to "make promises to people that we can keep" and "do something that really brings down people's energy bills".
The Government will publish an interactive online map detailing the state of dementia care in different parts of the country, the health secretary has announced.
Jeremy Hunt hopes the map will improve transparency as dementia diagnoses rise, with the World Health Organisation estimating the number of people worldwide living with dementia could more than treble to 115.4 million by 2050.
The Tory health secretary said allowing patients to see which parts of England were guilty of "poor performance" would help tackle what he calls a health and care "time bomb".
Fewer than half of people living with dementia have a diagnosis, official figures show, and the rate has improved only slightly - from 46% to 48% - over the last two years.
Even that increase masks wide discrepancies across different areas - with the best performing almost twice as well as the worst - 75% versus 39%.
The charity Action Against Medical Accidents says it is "dismayed" that the legal duty of candour on NHS organisations is to be restricted only to death or severe harm cases.
It wants a full duty of candour for all errors and one which applies to everyone in an organisation.
It said the "vast majority of incidents which cause significant harm would not be covered by this rule, meaning that organisations would be breaking no statutory rule in covering up such incidents".
Julie Bailey, whose mother died at Stafford Hospital in 2007, has said she is disappointed with the government's response to the public inquiry into the deaths at the hospital
The Cure the NHS campaigner told ITV News "We are disappointed, we know the NHS has come a long way since 2007 but we don't feel we've got enough here.
"We wanted five key recommendations, just one of those would have done us and that was legal protection for whistleblowers....doctors and nurses have got to feel safe to speak out."
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has said the Government's reforms for the NHS outlined today do not go far enough.
In response to Jeremy Hunt's statement outlining the recommendations of the Francis report that will implemented, he said:
"What happened at Mid Staffs was a betrayal of the NHS and its values. The last Government rightly apologised but now is the time to back our words with action.
That is why, while welcoming much of what you have said, it is my job to press you on where we feel you could have gone further and question why of the 290 Francis recommendations, 86 are not being implemented in full."
Robert Francis QC has welcomed the Government's measures to implement many of the recommendation of his report in the wake of the Mid Staffs scandal.
He said the "comprehensive collection of measures" announced by the Government, coupled with the commitment of NHS staff, will contribute towards "a new culture of caring" in the NHS.
One of the most chilling accounts of the Francis report came from Mid Staffs employees, who considered the care they saw as being normal.
Cruelty became normal in our NHS and no-one noticed. The Francis report made 290 recommendations. I accept the principles behind all of them and wherever possible have adopted the practical solution suggested by the inquiry.
– The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt
Today's measures are a blueprint for restoring trust in the NHS, re-enforcing professional pride in NHS frontline staff and above all giving confidence to patients that after Mid Staffs, the NHS has listened, the NHS has learnt and the NHS will not rest until it is delivering the safest, most effective and most compassionate care anywhere in the world.
The Government has accepted 281 out of 290 recommendations made by the Francis report into the Stafford Hospital scandal, including 57 in principle and 20 in part.
The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told MPs: "I accept the principles behind all them".
Calls for healthcare assistants to be registered were rejected, instead training will be improved.
There will also be no statutory duty of candour on individual NHS staff to tell patients or their families if incidents have led to serious harm or death.
Instead, the Government will impose such a duty on organisations as a whole and will strengthen duty of candour on individuals using organisations such as the General Medical Council