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NHS Diabetes and Kidney Care response to the Francis Inquiry

Today’s publication of the results of the Francis Inquiry has once again highlighted the appalling failings in patient care and safety at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. Although the report will be a distressing reminder for the families of those affected, it serves to focus the efforts of the NHS and wider healthcare communities in continually driving up the quality of care and services provided to all patients.

Since our formation in 2008, NHS Diabetes and Kidney Care has worked tirelessly to ensure patients are placed at the heart of healthcare services, with access to safe, effective care that respects their choices. Some of our achievements include:

But there is still much more to do, as today’s report shows. From 1 April 2013, NHS Diabetes and Kidney Care will become part of a New Improvement Body, which will work to develop and implement improvement programmes to deliver the priorities set out in the NHS Outcomes Framework. This provides an important opportunity for the NHS to deliver further large scale improvements in care and quality in order to ensure that nothing like Mid Staffordshire can happen again.

The final report can be downloaded from the The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry website.

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