Anger at delay in publishing vital findings
CONCERNS have been raised about the delay in publishing a report on a scandal-hit hospital.
The Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM) is questioning why it is taking so long for the Francis Inquiry to deliver its findings on Stafford Hospital, above.
The investigation was ordered after the Healthcare Commission uncovered how appalling neglect ran unchecked for many years and caused hundreds of needless deaths of patients between January 2005 and March 2009.
A report was supposed to be published this month but it has now been pushed back to January.
Professor Brian Edwards former president of the IHM and now a special adviser, said: "IHM is appalled and frustrated that once again, the long-awaited Francis Report has been delayed. The NHS in Stafford has let patients and their families down badly. It is a very cruel blow that the agony of victims' loved ones has been further prolonged and justice has once more been adjourned.
"What happened in Mid-Staffordshire was wholly unacceptable and it is absolutely vital that crucial lessons are learnt from this tragedy to ensure that it never, ever happens again.
"The NHS needs fixing and the findings and conclusions of the Francis Report are the first steps to mending it.
"Victims' families need answers. Three years is too long to wait for answers and painful beyond belief for everyone affected. Stafford Hospital itself needs the answers so that it can work to recover the trust of its patients and their families."