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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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How NHS 'safe staffing' measures will work

The Department of Health said new safe staffing measures would include the following features:

  • All hospitals will publish staffing levels on a ward-by-ward basis together with the percentage of shifts meeting safe staffing guidelines.
  • Boards will review the evidence for their staffing numbers in public at least once every six months.
  • New NHS guidance will set out how local Trusts can work out the right staffing numbers for safe and effective care on their wards and clinical services.
  • Safety information about every hospital in the country will be published monthly on a publicly accessible website
  • Five thousand "patient safety fellows" will be trained by NHS England within five years to be "champions, experts, leaders and motivators in patient safety."

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