New report to put health in spotlight
8:57am Wednesday 6th February 2013 in News
HEALTHCARE in Bolton will be in the spotlight today when a report into failings at another NHS Trust is made public.
It is expected the Francis Report, into the care failings at Mid Staffordshire Trust, will create guidelines for other Trusts across the country and will criticise failings in the system.
Su Long, designate chief officer of Bolton’s Clinical Commissioning Group, said Robert Francis QC’s report could be one of the most important documents for the NHS in the next 10 years.
She said it was expected it would add another layer of scrutiny for health across the UK, including Bolton.
But she said Bolton already had good systems in place to regulate quality and safety, and the care patients received, and said the recommendations would ensure that this was continued and improved.
The Francis Report, a public inquiry report into high death rates at the hospital over 2005-09, will be published at 11.30am.
Ms Long said: “What we are expecting from the report is what we have already got set-up. We will be held even more to account in protecting the quality and safety of the people of Bolton.
“The report will be suggesting that CCGs go and visit services and go and walk through the wards. That is something that we have already been doing.”
Ms Long said there was a fear the problems at Mid Staffordshire would lead to the public questioning their healthcare and the NHS in general.
She added: “We know we have got to restore people’s trust in the NHS.
“We are already checking the quality and we are passionate about doing more. ”