PRESS RELEASE: Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry

6 February 2013

Kingsley Napley LLP represented the two leading national patient charities invited to take part as core participants in the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust inquiry: Action against Medical Accidents and the Patients Association, both focusing on the central role of the patient within the NHS.

Emily Carter, public law partner at Kingsley Napley LLP, comments:

"The challenge for Mr Francis has been to identify recommendations which will translate into real improvements. The challenge for the Government is now to effectively incorporate these £13m recommendations into policy.  However, under the inquiry system there is no obligation to do so.  In our view, there is a very real risk that Mr Francis' careful examination of the causes of one of the most appalling failings in NHS history will be little more than a time-consuming and expensive white elephant.  Yet remedial action is the very least the thousands of affected families deserve.

"In the months and years to come, the Government's commitment to change should be tested by evaluating concrete action against the full list of Mr Francis' recommendations.  Without effective reform, the serious failings as seen at Mid Staffordshire will likely be repeated."

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