“Francis 2” – the latest report into Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

This week has been very busy, covering the final report of Robert Francis QC into the scandal at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. The report is enormous – 1,700 pages, and more than 290 recommendations, many of which read more like discussion points.

Unsurprisingly, most of the coverage so far has focused on what Francis found at the hospital and whether he should have called for heads to roll. But I put down some thoughts on his ideas for stopping anything similar happening again for eHealth Insider.

Sadly, I think Francis is probably a missed opportunity. His report is too big – and comes at the wrong moment, with the government’s reorganisation of the NHS already underway – to have much of an impact. However, it may give some impetus to some changes that are already in train; such as better information systems for NHS staff and feedback for patients.

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