Individual NHS trust directors could personally face prosecution for breaches of the Care Quality Commission’s fundamental standards, it has emerged.
Sir David Dalton has urged health and social care secretary Matt Hancock to view patient safety as a “firm priority” for the NHS, warning progress made since the Mid Staffs scandal could quickly disappear.
Publication of nurse staffing levels at each hospital in England – introduced after the Francis Inquiry to boost safety – has been quietly dropped, HSJ can reveal.
Financial penalties are being lifted from high-profile standards including cancer and elective waiting times, so far without attracting much attention. How is this happening? And will it work, asks Rob Findlay