7 feb. 2013

Cameron apologises and vows to tackle NHS 'complacency.'

The prime minister has formally apologised for the care scandal at the Mid Staffordshire NHS hospital trust and announced immediate moves to improve patient care, increase accountability of hospitals and tackle a culture of "complacency" in the NHS.

Among the fast-tracked reforms were proposals that hospital boards could be suspended for ongoing serious care failures; an element of performance-related pay for nurses would be introduced; a new chief inspector of hospitals modelled on the Ofsted inspection agency for schools; and an inquiry into hospitals with the highest mortality rates nationwide.

David Cameron made the statement in the House of Commons after Robert Francis QC published his report into the institutional and structural failings in the NHS that allowed a catalogue of horrific incidents to occur from 2005-2009, despite complaints from patients, families and staff members.

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