Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Government response to the Robert Francis report into Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust, said:
“What happened at Stafford Hospital was a betrayal of everything the NHS should stand for. Robert Francis' recommendations will help it learn the necessary lessons and we urge the Government to accept them.
“Two of the most crucial recommendations are on the duty of candour and safe staffing on the wards. We are concerned there is evidence that things are moving in the wrong direction.
“It is a real worry that nursing jobs continue to be cut across the NHS, suggesting it is in real danger of forgetting the lessons of the recent past. With the CQC saying one in ten hospitals are understaffed, Ministers must listen to the warnings and intervene to stop the nursing job cuts. It is their responsibility to ensure every hospital in England has safe staffing levels and we will hold them to that.
“The Government must also remove the doubts over the future of Stafford Hospital. After all they have been through, it would not be fair on the people of Stafford if the end result of this process is that they lose their hospital. Ministers need to ensure a safe and sustainable hospital for the people of Stafford.”