Patients First and Foremost – Government publishes initial response to the Mid Staffordshire NHS Public Inquiry Report – 26 March 2013

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Patients First and Foremost – Government publishes initial response to the Mid Staffordshire NHS Public Inquiry Report – 26 March 2013

The policy paper response: Patients First and Foremost: the Initial Government Response to the Report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry

Francis response includes Ofsted-ratings – eHealthInsider – 26 March 2013

Lis Evenstad and Lyn Whitfield

“Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has confirmed that an ‘Ofsted style’ system of summary ratings for hospitals and care homes will be adopted by the NHS.

The decision, which goes against the spirit of advice from the Nuffield Trust that Hunt asked the think-tank to produce, forms part of the government’s response to Robert Francis QC’s final report into the scandal at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Hunt asked the Nuffield Trust to investigate whether an ‘Ofsted-style’ report system could and should be introduced to the NHS.

The think-thank concluded in a report last week that this might work for “simpler” services such as care homes and GP practices, but not for complex organisations such as hospitals.

It also warned that any new ratings would need to be carefully aligned with NHS performance and regulatory regimes.

Despite this, the government says it will push ahead with the idea for hospitals and care homes, but not GP practices, for which it argues more choice and quality information is already available.

In a nod towards the Nuffield Trust’s concerns, it says that departmental ratings will also be developed.

However, another part of its response to Francis says that ‘fundamental standards’ will also be developed for the NHS, and that these will be subject to their own inspection and failure regime.

This may create scope for confusion about what is being judged by the different systems, and which regulators get priority.”

… continues on the site

 

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