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Sir Robert Francis’s statement to the press

Sir Robert Francis held a press conference this morning in advance of launching his report. The statement he made is available here: Sir Robert Francis Statement to the press Continue Reading →

Update on the Freedom to Speak Up review final report

I have now completed the Freedom to Speak Up review and sent my final report to Secretary of State for Health. I plan to publish it on Wednesday 11 February on our website Continue Reading →

The next phase: seminars, ideas and solutions

I write this on the eve of our first Freedom to Speak Up Review seminar, where I am bringing together individuals and organisations to discuss issues relating to raising concerns. I’m going into this seminar armed with lots of suggestions and thoughts shared with me in various meetings over the past couple of weeks. I’ve Continue Reading →

Update on the review

The call for contributions to the Freedom to Speak Up Review closed last week. I have received hundreds of detailed contributions from a wide range of staff working in the NHS and other organisations. I am grateful for how candid and helpful people have been in making their contributions: it must have been very difficult for Continue Reading →

Reflections on the Review so far

I have been very encouraged by the response we’ve had since launching the Review earlier this month. Many people have come forward with their views and ideas for what would help create an open and honest reporting culture. Some of the experiences which have been shared with me are distressing; others have suggested that there Continue Reading →

Writing in The Times this morning, Sir Robert Francis QC said:

Many patients and those close to them came to the Mid Staffordshire inquiries to tell me about awful care and indignity at the hands of a service which was meant to be effective, safe and compassionate. Their stories had an incredibly powerful impact –not just on me but on everyone who read the reports. Sadly Continue Reading →

An introduction from Sir Robert Francis QC

I am honoured to be asked to undertake this review for the Secretary of State for Health.  Those who speak up when things go wrong in the NHS should be welcomed for the information they bring and the contribution they can make to patient safety and the maintenance of public confidence in the service.  Any NHS workers Continue Reading →