Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has stated that the NHS in England has changed for the better since the Francis Inquiry report was published a year ago (on February 6th 2013).
The number of hospital nurses has increased by over 3,500 during the past 12 months, to over 172,000 (although the number of district nurses employed in community-based care has not risen).
The Francis Inquiry report made 290 recommendations, and the Government Response has accepted all but nine of these (in part at least).
“…we have seen a real shift in priorities – new inspections, more nurses and a stronger voice for patients with compassionate care starting to replace tick-box targets as the major focus on boards and wards”.
Triggle, N. (2014). NHS ‘getting better’, says Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. London: BBC Health News, February 5th 2014.
The “Francis Effect”
Further BBC News commentary:
Triggle, N. (2014). What is the Francis effect? London: BBC Health News, February 6th 2014.
The Francis Report: One Year On (Nuffield Trust)
This Nuffield Trust report analyses how acute trusts have responded to the Francis Inquiry report. Hospital leaders believe that meeting financial goals while ensuring safe staffing levels in hospitals is difficult and will get harder.
Thorlby, R. Smith, J. Williams, S. [and] Dayan, M. (2014). The Francis Report: one year on. The response of acute trusts in England. London: Nuffield Trust, February 6th 2014.
Triggle, N. (2014). Cash worries ‘could harm drive to improve NHS care’. London: BBC Health News, February 6th 2014.
Hard Truths: Essential Actions (Health Foundation)
The following Health Foundation briefing discusses how to bridge the gap between the actions required by the Government’s Hard Truths response to the Francis Inquiry report and their practical application in front-line service. Continual quality improvement and reductions in harm to patients can, this report proposes, be achieved by measuring safety and developing the capabilities of individuals, organisations and systems.
Hard truths: essential actions. London: Health Foundation, December 2013.