Mid Staffs happened when NHS leaders had 'lost the plot', says Nicholson

Chief executive of the NHS Sir David Nicholson has admitted that NHS leaders, including himself, had 'lost the plot' at the time of the Mid Staffordshire hospital scandal between 2005 and 2008.

Sir David Nicholson: NHS leaders lost the plot (photo:Pete Hill)
Sir David Nicholson: NHS leaders lost the plot (photo:Pete Hill)

He told the RCGP conference: ‘We had a gross deficit of £1billion, a reforming government, a PM committed to change. But the leadership of the NHS, and I was part of that, had lost the plot.

‘We’d lost the reason why we were there: to improve quality and outcomes. We were getting so excited about changes - foundation trusts, payment by results and practice-based commissioning - while bad things were happening on ward 10 in Mid Staffs.’

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