News from National Voices

Francis Report into Failures at the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust
National Voices’ Response

National Voices welcomes the call by Robert Francis QC for a statutory duty of candour to inform patients fully when things go wrong with their care. However National Voices also believes Francis’ report should have been more radical in calling for a stronger voice for patients, service users, families and carers.

Robert Francis was speaking as chair of the second Inquiry into failings at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

H-CI is a new project of National Voices, Regional Voices, CSV and Navca. Through our voluntary sector networks we hope to reach 30,000 groups across the country with a message for them to pass on to local people – to get involved, Get on the Map.

National Voices Members conference, 31 January 2013

Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said plans to put patient leadership at the heart of NHS culture will be revealed in the ‘imminent’ response to the ‘Francis Report’, the inquiry into failures at the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust. Meanwhile Sir David Nicholson, chief executive of the NHS Commissioning Board, said he planned to become a patient leader himself, having recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

The health leaders were speaking at a conference of National Voices members who met to discuss how people power will shape the new health and social care system.  They both talked about the failures in Mid Staffordshire.

Sir David Nicholson said: