Editorial

Calm heads are needed in safe staffing debate

Of the 290 recommendations in the Francis report, published 26 months ago, one has become the focus of fevered debate over the past couple of weeks. The eminent QC, who spent an entire year running his rule over the NHS, suggested that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence should determine the minimum number of staff and the appropriate skill mix across a range of settings and specialties in England.

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