Mid Staffs revelations promise 'dark day' for NHS

The NHS faces one of its 'darkest days' when findings from the public inquiry into failings at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust emerge this week, a senior health service management official has said.

Mike Farrar: Mid Staffs inquiry will be dark day for NHS (photo: David Solomons)
Mike Farrar: Mid Staffs inquiry will be dark day for NHS (photo: David Solomons)

Findings from the inquiry, chaired by QC Robert Francis, are due to be made public on Wednesday 6 February.

But NHS Confederation chief executive Mike Farrar warned that pressure from the inquiry must not trigger a ‘simplistic blame game, excessive inspection or micromanagement’.

NHS leaders must ‘respond positively to the findings and build a more patient-centred NHS’, Mr Farrar said.

Improving mechanisms to allow patients to give feedback and providing clear information on the performance of local services was vital, he argued, and those running public services must be held to account.

But he warned: ‘What we don't want is a simplistic blame game, excessive inspection or micromanagement. These are false gods that externalise problems rather than putting responsibility where it belongs - in the board room and on the frontline.

They suck up resources and encourage tick-box responses, not real culture change.’

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