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Medical lawyer Lisa Jordan says Government Francis response leaves questions unanswered

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: March 26, 2013

EXPERT ... Irwin Mitchell medical lawyer Lisa Jordan

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A MEDICAL lawyer who investigated more than 50 alleged negligence cases at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust said today’s Government’s to the Francis Report left questions unanswered.

Lisa Jordan, of Irwin Mitchell said patients and families of those that suffered at Mid Staffs would judge the Government on its actions and not just today’s statement which only addressed some of Robert Francis’ recommendations.

“Until ministers give their full response and put a detailed plan of action together responding to each of the 290 recommendations set out in the Francis reports, patients and their families will be left with questions unanswered as to how this could have happened in the first place and left waiting for the assurances they want that patient safety will never again be compromised to this extent,” she said.

Ms Jordan said patient safety should always be the top priority for anyone working in healthcare and this clearly was not the case at Mid Staffs.

“Hard-working staff throughout the NHS need support to ensure they can deliver the Government’s culture of zero harm, though many patients will wonder why that culture isn’t already in place.”

She said while she welcomed news a statutory duty of candour would be introduced for healthcare providers and there would be new penalties for executives who withheld information questions remained what would happen to less senior members of the staff who did the same thing.

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