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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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Standards should be policed by 'single regulator'

Fundamental standards should be policed by a single regulator - the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Robert Francis QC said as he presented his report into failures of care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust.

He added that the regulator Monitor should be stripped of its powers to award trusts foundation trust status - a supposed marker of excellence in the NHS.

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