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Mid Staffs scandal: 10 years on, inquiry chair worries NHS staff too scared to speak up

Ten years on from the Mid Staffordshire NHS trust scandal, the man who led the inquiry into one of the worst care disasters in the service’s history has said he remains worried about the safety of patients and a culture that leaves staff too frightened to speak up.

Sir Robert Francis QC said some safety risks highlighted a decade ago remain unresolved and he threw his weight behind calls for senior managers in the NHS to be regulated.

The barrister said he believed the NHS was safer now than a decade ago but added he worried whether actions taken since the disaster had made a real difference.

“What keeps me awake at night is not so much has anyone implemented recommendation 189 or not, but more whether the collectivity of what has happened since has actually resulted in things being better for patients and staff,” he told The Independent.

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Source: The Independent, 15 January 202


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