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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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Hunt: 'I do not want simply to prevent another Mid Staffs'

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has outlined the Government's response to key recommendations made by the public inquiry into the Stafford Hospital scandal.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt addresses the House of Commons. Credit: ITV News

He told MPs: "I do not want simply to prevent another Mid Staffs...I want the NHS to offer the safest, most compassionate and most effective care anywhere"

He also said the NHS now had to adopt a "culture of learning", adding it could no longer attempt to cover up its mistakes.

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