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RCOG statement on the Government’s response to the second Francis Inquiry

News 26 March 2013

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) welcomes the Government’s response 'Patients First and Foremost' to the Francis Inquiry released today.

It believes that the proposed duty of candour, as recommended by Robert Francis QC, will enable the NHS to become more open, transparent and accountable; one which prioritises patient care over corporate self-interest.

The RCOG also welcomes the publication of the revised NHS Constitution as this will help embed caring values into the service to bring about the cultural change needed among healthcare professionals and staff.

The RCOG will publish its own views and approach to the Francis recommendations soon.

Dr Tony Falconer, RCOG President said:

“In response to a question raised in Parliament today about the role of the Royal Colleges, the Secretary of State has said that it is indeed right and appropriate for the Royal Colleges to have a role in establishing scorecards to help the new Chief Inspectors. This is a very positive step forward which has our full support.

"The RCOG is currently developing clinical indicators and outcomes data to assist trusts to detect problems. We want to work closely with the Department to set up processes to improve quality of care.”