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Hunt to name and shame failing hospitals

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Tuesday that his plans for laying the foundations for aculture "of zero harm and compassionate care" will include naming and shaming failing hospitals and barring failing managers.

The move is in reaction to the fallout from the Francis Report into the Mid Staffs scandal but it has been criticised by patient groups for not going far enough. Action against Medical Accidents said making individual NHS employees liable for mistakes risks "unintentionally create[ing] a culture of fear. This in turn could prevent lessons being learned and could make services less safe".

The final call on the proposal of personal accountability will not be made until later following a review of patient safety in the NHS being conducted by Professor Don Berwick, the Guardian reports.