Paramedics and the Francis report

The report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Enquiry (2013) chaired by Robert Francis QC has been presented to Parliament. This follows the publication of an initial report in 2010 (The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Enquiry, 2010) concerning issues associated with mortality and standards of care at the Trust. However, it would appear that no lessons have been learned since the first Inquiry published its findings. There has been a plethora of reports emanating from various inquiries (Shipman, Winterbourne, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Victoria Climbié), which have all indicated the need for better training of staff, improved management and a focus on outcomes as opposed to targets. However, the public remains unconvinced that this has been achieved.

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