The Chairman will deliver his report to Jeremy Hunt MP, the Secretary of State for Health, on Tuesday 5 February 2013 and publish it on Wednesday 6 February 2013 ahead of the report being laid before Parliament on the same day.
Robert Francis QC said, “Following discussions with the Secretary of State for Health, at his request I have agreed to hand my final report to him on 5 February 2013. I will then publish it on Wednesday 6 February shortly ahead of the report being laid before Parliament that day.
“I am making this information publicly available, so that core participants, witnesses and those following the Inquiry are aware of its next steps.”
The £13m inquiry was set up after a Healthcare Commission report in 2009 found “appalling standards” of care. It is thought hundreds more people than expected died at the hospital as a result of the treatment they received there.
The focus of the public inquiry was on why regulators and external bodies failed to spot there was a problem. A million pages of evidence were presented to the inquiry, which lasted for 139 days.