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Health

Volume 570: debated on Friday 22 November 2013

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

The following is an extract from the oral statement given to the House by the Secretary of State for Health, the right hon. Member for South West Surrey (Mr Hunt) on the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust on 19 November 2013.

It is impossible to deliver safe care without safe staffing levels. All hospitals will be required to monitor their staffing levels on a ward-by-ward basis, analysing precisely how many shifts meet safe staffing guidelines. By the end of this year, this will be done using models independently approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. No hospital will be able to conceal unsafe staffing from the public because from next June all that data, both at ward and hospital level, will be published alongside other safety data on a new NHS safety website, triggering CQC action if there is cause for concern.

[Official Report, 19 November 2013, Vol. 570, c. 1096.]

Letter of correction from Jeremy Hunt:

An error has been identified in the oral statement given on 19 November 2013.

The correct statement should have been:

It is impossible to deliver safe care without safe staffing levels. All hospitals will be required to monitor their staffing levels on a ward-by-ward basis, analysing precisely how many shifts meet safe staffing guidelines. By the end of next year, this will be done using models independently approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. No hospital will be able to conceal unsafe staffing from the public because from next June all that data, both at ward and hospital level, will be published alongside other safety data on a new NHS safety website, triggering CQC action if there is cause for concern.