National Voices welcomes the comprehensiveness of the government response to the Francis report but believes the impact of these measures on the quality and safety of care in hospitals is uncertain. National Voices also remains concerned that a new legal requirement on trusts to be honest to patients when they have caused harm does not go far enough.
National Voices’ Chief Executive, Jeremy Taylor, said:
“The Government has done a thorough job in responding to Francis, in particular by beefing up regulation, inspection, reporting and accountability requirements. We welcome the seriousness of the effort but experience suggests we should be cautious about the likely impact of such measures on improving care.”