Alberti report on Mid Staffordshire fails to understand the role of boards

Professor Sir George Alberti may be a respected clinician, but his report on Mid Staffs, described by Monitor, regulator of NHS foundations trusts as “robust”, demonstrates a clear lack of understanding of the role of boards and the fundamental differences between governance and management.

Of particular note are his recommendations that:

– A member of the Board should be given responsibility as patients’ champion and (s)he or another Board member should have the same role specifically for older people; and
– Patient/public representatives should be included on all Board committees and sub-committees.

On a positive note, however, the report does recommend  that “Clinical governance arrangements should be enhanced with strong Board level support.”

A review of the procedures for emergency admissions and treatment, and progress against the recommendation of the March Healthcare Commission report
together with Monitor’s response to the report here.

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