It was one of the most eagerly − and nervously − anticipated reports in the history of the NHS. Yet the feeling among experts gathered to discuss Robert Francis’s weighty tome was one of anti-climax, reports Alison Moore
The Francis report may be remembered as a symbol of a changing NHS rather than for its detailed recommendations, many of which are incoherent, over-complicated and even simply unnecessary.
That was the message from a panel of experts at an HSJ roundtable to discuss the report last week, sponsored by healthcare law firm Capsticks.
Participants in the debate
Alastair McLellan, HSJ editor and roundtable chair
Peter Carter, chief executive at the Royal College of Nursing
Harry Cayton, chief executive at the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care
Niall Dickson, chief executive and registrar at the General Medical Council
Nigel Edwards, senior fellow at the King’s fund and director of the global healthcare group at KPMG
Gerard Hanratty, partner at Capsticks
Ruth Holt, director of nursing at the NHS Confederation
Neil Hunt, chief executive at the Royal College of General Practitioners
Dr Mark Newbold, chief executive at Heart of England foundation Trust
Ali Parsa, former chief executive at Circle, attending in a personal capacity
Jeremy Taylor, chief executive at National Voices