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NHS reforms greeted

The chairman of the inquiry into the scandal at the Mid Staffordshire hospital trust has welcomed the government's response to his report - but warned that it will only be judged properly "over the next few months".

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Tough new rules aimed at transforming care standards

The Government is expected to place hands-on caring in hospital wards on a par with academic training. According to the Daily Mail a new Chief Inspector will also be recruited to check up on nursing standards, as well as:

  • Hospitals and GPs will be stopped from hiding any mistakes
  • Whistleblowers will be free to speak out with a ban on gagging clauses
  • People in care homes will be protected with an 'elderly care tsar'
  • Anyone caught fiddling figures could end up facing criminal charges

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