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Feb

Francis recommendations lead to progress


In the year since the Francis report was published, the NHS has seen ‘a real shift’, according to health secretary, Jeremy Hunt.



On 6th February last year, the Francis Inquiry published its recommendations, with the majority being government accepted.

Hunt highlighted the tougher measures introduced for failing hospitals, a new inspection regime for the CQC, introducing Ofsted-style ratings and an increase in hospital nurses.

Since the report, 14 hospitals have been placed in special measures. A new chief inspector of hospitals has also been appointed and from April, hospitals will be required to publish staffing levels on wards.

The number of hospitals putting the names of responsible staff above beds has grown to almost half and surgery outcome data is now being published for 10 specialties.

However, figures from the HSCIC show that overall nursing numbers have fallen by over 5,000 since the last general election.

“This winter he's left the NHS facing an A&E crisis with thousands fewer nurses. It is yet more proof that you can't trust the Tories with the NHS,” shadow health minister Jamie Reed says.

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