The trust welcomes the report by Robert Francis QC into the failings of Stafford Hospital which will be published later today.

Every NHS organisation and every NHS professional must reflect on the report and on their own services to ask “could any aspect of the failings at Stafford Hospital happen here?”. Where the answer is yes, whether significant or apparently incidental, we all have a duty to do something about it. None of us should “walk on by” and tolerate poor quality care.

St George’s provides some of the country’s leading healthcare services. I am rightly proud of the job that our staff do every day of the year. But we also know that we can do better. We can best respect the experience of patients failed by the NHS in Stafford or elsewhere, including at St George’s, by taking this opportunity to root out poor care wherever it can be found.



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