NHS patient safety pledges

Jeremy Hunt has NHS staff could face a new criminal offence of wilful neglect of patients as one of a series of measures adopted by the Health Secretary from the Francis report into the deaths at Stafford Hospital.

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Govt accepts majority of Francis NHS recommendations

Stafford Hospital has been at the centre of a scandal of failings that contributed to patient deaths. Credit: Press Association

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

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