Like many of my constituents I am sure, I have been appalled to hear about the conditions which NHS patients were exposed to when treated by the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust at Stafford Hospital between 2005-2009. In the House yesterday the Prime Minister made a statement following the publication by the chair of the Inquiry Robert Francis QC’s latest report; the catalogue of disasters which led to unacceptable levels of care at the hands of the Mid Staffs. NHS Trust with unforgiveable consequences for many simply defies belief.
The report which was published yesterday made 35 pages of recommendations and these show repeated and crippling shortcomings in the care provided by the Mid Staffs NHS Trust during 2005-2009. To say that there are some lessons to be learnt is an understatement; there are many many lessons to be learnt and it is deeply regrettable that these lessons should be learnt because of another’s patient’s dreadful experience. I can only hope that with the help of the report and the start of the new initiatives mentioned by David Cameron in his speech, radical change will be brought to bear not only in the Mid Staffs NHS Trust but also across the board in other NHS Trusts as well, so that people receive the best hospital experience they can. David Cameron referred to a facility going forward where patients will be able to provide feedback about the hospitals they have been treated at, he also referred to greater transparency and accountability for those providing care and I was pleased to see that he has asked the Care Quality Commission to appoint a Chief Inspector of Hospitals.
We should certainly be mindful that it would not have been possible to gather so much useful evidence for the report were it not for the contributions to the Inquiry of those families whose relations had suffered as a consequence of their NHS treatment in Staffordshire. These bereaved relatives have played a fundamental role in unearthing the truth and we can but hope that as a result of their determined assistance in the Inquiry, such tragedies at the hands of the NHS, are not allowed to be repeated in the future.
To see Sir Francis Robert QC’s report visit: http://www.midstaffspublicinquiry.com/report