Robert Francis, who wrote a compelling report about the abuse suffered by patients in the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, has been awarded an honorary degree by St George's, University of London.
Robert Francis QC's report (February 2013) told a story of the appalling suffering of many patients within a culture of secrecy and defensiveness. The Francis public inquiry focused on one organisation - Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust - but it highlighted a whole system failure and made 290 recommendations.
He received his honorary degree at the St George’s graduation ceremony last week, where he delivered an inspiring speech to our most recent graduates.
Honorary degrees were also awarded to:
- Professor Sir Peter Rubin, former Chair of the General Medical Council (April 2009-December 2014)
- Professor Raymond Tallis, philosopher, poet, novelist, cultural critic, retired physician and clinical neuroscientist
Honorary fellowships were awarded to:
- David Noyce, who has held posts within the Universities Funding Council (subsequently the Higher Education Funding Council for England) since 1991
- Jenny Abramsky, Chair of the Royal Academy of Music