The Mid Staffs inquiry responds to speculation about Francis report and the rest of today’s news

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3.45pm Leaders in healthcare need to create a culture which is characterised by high trust, collaboration and dedication to the core task of providing mindful and safe patient care. Recent research by Amy Edmondson at Harvard has shown that “psychological safety” is a key component of such a culture. This means that all clinical, administrative and support staff are able to engage in conversations about the quality of the care they provide and are not frightened of blame or punishment if they raise concerns. 

11.43am The reality of joint commissioning in health and social care often falls short of expectations, according to a report. University of Birmingham researchers completed the study for the National Institute of Health Research, finding that efficiency savings and improvements are often not as significant as the perceived benefits.

10.02am Older people have suffered “an abominable betrayal” over social care, a leading public health doctor has said. Professor John Ashton, incoming president of the Faculty of Public Health, said the generation who established the welfare system were being let down by a lack of funding.

9.10am A spokeswoman for the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust Public Inquiry has denied that any drafts of the long-awaited report have been sent to the Department of Health or ministers. Responding to a question from HSJ she said: “Drafts of the report have not, and will not, be circulated outside of the Inquiry team.”

The question was prompted by reports in some of the national media that claimed to have inside knowledge of what inquiry chair Robert Francis QC will recommend. The spokeswoman added: “The Inquiry report has not been delivered to the Secretary of State. We will announce on the Inquiry website when we have done so, and, in due course, a publication date for the report.  We will not be commenting on any press reports about what may or may not be in the report in the meantime.”

8.30am Vale of York has turned to medical IT to enable it to make better clinical decisions and improve patient care. Peter Hayward, developmental board member for the Vale of York CCG, writes that medical information technology will “act as an enabler and support GPs to make better clinical decisions.”

7.30am Good morning, today on HSJ Rajan Madhok, medical director at Kleyn Healthcare, writes that suicide of healthcare workers while they are under investigation should be included on the next list of ‘never events.’ “Many of my colleagues certainly feel they are being attacked and feel badly let down by the NHS,” he says.