Professional Flaws by Lord David Owen

Article by Lord Owen, February 2013

The flaws in the structure in the NHS in England go deeper than just the Health and Social Care Act 2012, which I hope might be corrected after the next General Election through the National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill which I presented in the House of Lords on 28 January 2013. Many conclusions meanwhile will be drawn from the Francis Report, but one question needs to be asked by the caring professions, namely, why was the professional voice of the Royal Colleges not heard loud and clear about the erosion of professional standards in the NHS in England?

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