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Prime Minister responds to Mid Staffs public inquiry report

The Prime Minister has responded in Parliament to the final report on the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry.

The Prime Minister has responded in Parliament to the final report on the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry

Speaking in Parliament following the publication of the report, the Prime Minister apologised to the families of those who suffered for the way the system allowed horrific abuse to go unchecked.

He went on to say that the report highlighted 3 core problems. A focus on finance and figures, no-one being accountable for patient care, and defensiveness and complacency.

The Prime Minister announced that the Care Quality Commission will create a new Chief Inspector of Hospitals post to be responsible for new inspections regime from autumn.

The Prime Minister said:

This government has put compassion ahead of bureaucratic process-driven targets and put quality of care on a par with quality of treatment.

We have set this out explicitly in the Mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board, together with a new vision for compassionate nursing.

We have introduced a tough new programme for tracking and eliminating falls, pressure sores and hospital infections.

And we have demanded nursing rounds every hour, in every ward of every hospital.

But it is clear we need to do more.

We will study every one of the 290 recommendations in today’s Report and respond in detail next month.

You can read the Prime Minister’s full statement or watch the Prime Minister giving his response on Parliament TV at around 12.30 on 6 February 2013.

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