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The Bishop of Carlisle praises the Francis Report

The Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Rev James Newcome, has praised the findings of a report into the care of patients at Stafford Hospital.


The year-long inquiry by Robert Francis QC was sparked by higher-than-expected death rates at the hospital between 2005 and 2008.

Among key recommendations are that nurses should be held personally and criminally accountable for the care provided to patients.

It also recommends that hospital boards could be dismissed if minimum standards of safety and quality of care are not met.

Commenting on the report, Bishop James, who is Lead Bishop on Healthcare for the Church of England said: “The Francis Report has addressed, with commendable care and deliberation, a number of the most serious issues to be found within an NHS Trust in recent years.  I welcome the report and its findings. 

“It serves as a reminder that patient care and safety must always come first within the NHS and that it is the responsibility of all who play any part within the health service to ensure that this is the case. 

“I offer my prayers and support for the staff across the NHS who continue to give first class care to patients and who will now be implementing the report’s recommendations to secure equally high standards across the NHS.”


For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Officer, on 07984 927434 or at or the Ven Richard Pratt on 01900 66190.

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