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Former MP welcomes Francis Report

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: February 14, 2013

FORMER MP ... David Kidney responds to Francis Report

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STAFFORD'S former MP has said he agrees with all 290 recommendations made by the Francis Report.


Speaking to the Newsletter David Kidney said Mr Francis had done a "very good job" and vindicated the calls for a public inquiry.

"We knew what went wrong at the hospital in terms of doctors and nurses from the first inquiry. Now we have the position of the regulators and other bodies," he said.

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"They had the pieces of the jigsaw, but nobody put the pieces together.

"There is no one simple solution, there is a mix of things and Mr Francis shows that.

"He has done a very thorough job.”

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  • StaffordSally  |  February 18 2013, 4:53PM

    CURE THE NHS GROUP visit DAVID KIDNEY: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VL_l8KWMxGg

  • StaffordSally  |  February 18 2013, 4:46PM

    Well said Mrs Westerfield.3 February: Stafford Hospital Public Inquiry: EXTRACT from diary of evidence: David Kidney, Stafford Labour MP during 1997-2010 David Kidney told the inquiry that in 2006 it emerged that the hospital had a financial deficit of £6m, and the then Chief Executive David O'Neill told him that savings of that magnitude would not be achievable, and that it would be equivalent to shutting down Cannock Hospital. He said that he met Health Minister John Hutton but the meeting came to nothing. When Martin Yeates took over as Chief Executive Mr Kidney says he was told that the Trust would need to save £10m, and that 160 staff would have to go, but he was assured that no nurses would lose their jobs. He was under the impression that it would be achieved by cutting management and back office staff. Speaking about the time that Julie Bailey wrote to him in 2008 about the problems at the hospital he said, "I thought it required a lot of attention and a lot of work", but that he kept pushing the management to recruit more nurses. He says he was told that they had employed 50 nurses in the summer, and 100 more by the autumn. He later said that that may not have been the case. In September 2008 he had a meeting with hospital managers about the Healthcare Commission report in which they were warned the results would be negative. He claimed he did not realise how bad it was going to be; and that he was "affronted" that he had not been sent a copy of the draft report.'

  • MrsWesterfield  |  February 15 2013, 11:02AM

    That's some brass neck you've got there, David. Where were you when it was all happening and people were dying? Oh yes, that's right, you were the town's MP. It's not as if you were in a position to do anything about it or anything. SHAMEFUL.