Safe staffing: five years on from the Francis report what has changed?

With nurses struggling to keep patients safe, UK-wide staffing legislation can’t come soon enough
Safe Staffing

With nurses struggling to keep patients safe, UK-wide staffing legislation can’t come soon enough

In his 2013 report on care failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, Sir Robert Francis QC said inadequate staffing levels were a significant factor in the poor care received by patients at Stafford Hospital.

Later that year, Sir Bruce Keogh’s review on hospital deaths in England and the Berwick report on patient safety both found that unsafe staffing levels contributed adversely to clinical outcomes.

Five years on, you would hope the lessons learned from these reports would mean the safe staffing picture would look markedly better, but a survey by Nursing Standard and the Sunday Mirror has found that nurses are still struggling to keep their patients safe.


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