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Mid Staffs inquiry report delayed until January

The completion of the report of the public inquiry into care failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust has been delayed until January, it was confirmed today.

A statement from inquiry chair Robert Francis QC today confirmed he no longer planned to deliver the report to the government on October 15, as revealed by HSJ yesterday.

Instead, it said, he “hopes to deliver his final report to the Secretary of State for Health by early January 2013, when Parliament returns from its recess”.

Mr Francis said: “The Inquiry has heard a huge amount of evidence from many witnesses and organisations, and has gathered information from a number of seminars and visits.

“In addition, I need to complete a number of formal processes, to ensure any conclusions and recommendations I produce are fair andconstructive. Pulling this together into the final report is a complex and sensitive process.

“In order to ensure thorough consideration of these matters, I have written to the Secretary of State for Health to inform him that I now plan to complete my work in time to deliver my report to him by early January 2013.

“As before, I am making this information publicly available, so that core participants, witnesses and those following the Inquiry are fully aware of the inquiry’s progress.”

Readers' comments (17)

  • Is there any reason Mr Francis cant just say it as it is? I am sure he is a fair and constructive man, this has really gone on to long and prolongs some closure for the families conerned as well as the staff.

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  • Just over three weeks before publication date!
    www.lastminute.com

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  • To allow people to retire / jump ship in an orderly manner before they are named and shamed.

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  • Given that those named and shamed are on the VSM payscale and have a 6 month notice period, October would still have been fine. I think it's more to do with whatever legal wranglings are going on behind the scenes and making sure as much of the new infrastructure is in place before the poo hits the fan. Of course patients and families aren't high up on the list of priorities.......

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  • A national scandal.

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  • Another Hillsborough white wash being cooked up!

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  • It's all going to be secretly buggered about with to align with some vacuous politicised ideological proselytism.

    Has anyone done an FoIR for correspondence between HMG and Uncle Bob's team to look for undue influence?

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  • Hi Anon 10.15,

    Yes, I have had two requests knocked back on the grounds the time and money required to sort the information would exceed the resource limit associated with the FOI act.

    Apparently the DH's inquiry sponsorship team have identified 5,000 emails relating to the Department's sponsorship of the inquiry. I have refined my request further and am awaiting a response.

    Sarah

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  • How many patients may die across the NHS before this report is produced? Either it is important or it isn't. If it is then there should at least be an interim statement covering some of the recommendations for rapid discussion and then implementation.

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  • Can't help thinking this is to allow certain people to be off the scene by the time the report comes out. This is patient safety we're talking about here. But plus ca change, unfortunately.

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  • Hi Anon 10.15,

    Yes, I have had two requests knocked back on the grounds the time and money required to sort the information would exceed the resource limit associated with the FOI act.

    Apparently the DH's inquiry sponsorship team have identified 5,000 emails relating to the Department's sponsorship of the inquiry. I have refined my request further and am awaiting a response.

    Sarah

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  • Straight out of Yes Minister. Priceless.
    [There is a re-run of the whole series on the GOLD channel of Freeview. Thank you, thank you.]

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  • Straight out of Yes Minister. Priceless.
    [There is a re-run of the whole series on the GOLD channel of Freeview. Thank you, thank you.]

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  • Those responsible have a little more time to disappear into other NHS organisations, with the same arrogance that led to the Mid Staffs situation.

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  • This is a shame as there are bound to be lessons for the entire NHS in this report and if not produced soon it will be easy to pass off the recommendations as relevant to a previous era but fool ourselves that everything has already improved ... Publish soon please and no more delays>

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  • Patrick Keady

    As Robert Francis says in his statement, completing the report is a complex and sensitive process. Many of the statements on the Inquiry website conflict with each other - and it is up to him to determine the roots causes and recommendations. Rather than intuitively deciding to publish a less than totally accurate and relevant report now, the delay seems a pragmatic analytical decision aimed at ensuring that the key root causes are identified and that proportionate recommendations are identified.

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  • The report should be sensitive to the sufferings and patients and their families, but I can't see the need to spare the tender egos of those who presided over unsafe care systems for so long.

    Mid Staffs needs to start rebuilding a damaged reputation and I can't see how further delay would benefit either interest. The report has to command public confidence and delay just makes it look as if it's being 'doctored'.

    As for politicians, you can bet the conference season isn't interesting enough to bury that much bad news!





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