The Final Report is published
today. The report uses such words as "disaster" freely, in the
context of hindsight, referencing the disaster the Bristol Inquiry uncovered,
to the recommendation that the Nursing and Midwifery Council
needs to be equipped to look at systemic concerns as well as individual
ones. It should not have to wait until a disaster has occurred
to intervene with its fitness to practise procedures.
As those who have petitioned the N&MC for justice for their
loved ones know, like the GMC, it is all a protectionist closed shop; it is the one Trade
Union even Margaret Thatcher flinched from confronting.
Hundreds of people have died; others have been starved, dehydrated and left in appalling conditions of indignity, witnessed by their loved ones. Surely this is what Chris Grayling, Justice Secretary, had in mind when he recently cautioned to need to “concentrate on real human rights”?
Mid-Staffs is a stark reminder of what happens when targets and financial imperatives become the focus and services lose sight of the person. A human rights approach looks at using the law in practice to design and deliver services that place patients at the heart of healthcare, seeking to respect, protect and fulfil their rights.
Will we see the perpetrators appear at The Hague to answer for
their human rights abuses? Unlikely. TheExecutive
Summarysays - The disaster of Stafford Hospital occurred in an NHS acute hospital provider trust, and it is the lessons to be learned from that which I have been asked to identify ...a factor in the pressure leading to this Inquiry was a wish to see people brought to account, whereas if an inquiry is to fulfil its main purpose it has to identify lessons to be applied.
Human rights? Yes, certainly, Human Rights. But
whatever happened to common decency...?