The head of the NHS should resign for presiding over the ‘appalling care’ that led to at least 1,200 patient deaths at Stafford Hospital, victims’ families claimed today.
As Robert Francis QC’s damning 1,782 page report was finally published and found ‘failures at every level’ which led to the scandal, the Prime Minister revealed that not a single nurse or doctor has been disciplined or struck-off.
Patients at Stafford Hospital were left lying in their own urine and excrement for days, forced to drink water from vases, given the wrong medication or sent home with life-threatening conditions.
David Cameron said in a speech to MPs that what happened was ‘not just wrong, it was truly dreadful’.
He apologised on behalf of the Government, saying the anger of the families was ‘completely understandable’, adding: ‘Anyone in this house would be furious if their mother, father or loved ones were treated in this way’.
He has ordered the creation of the post of Chief Inspector of Hospitals, who will have responsibility for a regime of inspections which are an investigation into ‘whether a hospital is clean, safe and caring, rather than just an exercise in bureaucratic box-ticking’.
Francis’s report said there is an unhealthy focus on money and Government targets means the NHS does not put its patients first.
So wait, people want to take health insurance out of the greedy private sector because then money won’t be an issue? Liberalism really is a mental disease!