Jeremy Hunt has today outlined how the NHS will implement the recommendations of the final Francis Report, which explored the major failings of Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust from 2005-2009.
The inquiry focused on the systemic failings which resulted in the neglect and inappropriate treatments which affected many people with dementia in Stafford and Cannock Chase hospitals. The report made 290 recommendations to improve patient safety within hospitals. All but nine of the recommendations have been accepted and will be implemented by NHS staff. Hunt has announced that a new Care Certificate will be introduce to ensure that Healthcare Assistants and Social Care Support Workers have the right training to give personalised care.
Alzheimer’s Society comment
‘These are positive steps for improving care in our hospitals today, but real change is dependent on attitudes and culture in the NHS being truly transformed. With a quarter of all hospital beds currently occupied by people with dementia, it is vital staff are fully trained to provide the best possible care and support.
When so many hospitals are already under strain, commitments made today must be backed by adequate resources and enough staff to deliver lasting improvements. Every patient in every hospital, and their families, should be sure that their treatment and care needs will always be met, to avoid anyone suffering neglect or indignity in the future.’