‘More open NHS’ report due out

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Published: Wednesday 11th February 2015 by The News Editor

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The findings of a major report into how to create a more open NHS culture are expected to be released today.

Sir Robert Francis QC was asked by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to carry out the Freedom to Speak Up Review to recommend how best staff can be supported to raise concerns about poor patient care amid concerns that this has gone undetected because warnings from staff were quashed.

Sir Robert invited contributions from whistleblowers along with those who have been deterred from speaking out, employers, trade unions and professional representative bodies, along with organisations who supported those who raised concerns.

He reportedly received more than 18,000 responses.

Sir Robert, who led two major inquiries into failures at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, said at the time of the review being announced last June that the two previous probes had shown the “appalling consequences for patients when there is a ‘closed ranks’ culture”.

”We need a culture where ‘I need to report this’ is the thought, foremost in the mind of any NHS worker that has concerns – a culture where concerns are listened to and acted upon,” he said.

Published: Wednesday 11th February 2015 by The News Editor

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