Comments by Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell MP following the statement by Robert Francis QC on publication of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry
Stephen Dorrell has welcomed the emphasis placed by Robert Francis on the need for a culture change within the NHS:
"The key to high care standards will always be the commitment and professionalism of the clinical staff.
Management objectives are important, but they can never be allowed to become an excuse for poor care.
Robert Francis has made nearly 300 recommendations which need to be carefully considered, but they are all motivated by a desire – as he said in his statement – to avoid creating scapegoats and recognize the importance of strengthening personal and collective accountability within the NHS for the standards of care provided.
Among his recommendations is the proposal that the Health Committee of the House of Commons should monitor the application of his recommendations by the professional regulators. We shall certainly be following up that recommendation".