After 11 months we are, as I write this, at the final week of evidence. The witnesses have been far reaching and oral evidence has been taken from patients to nursing staff to the highest echelons of the DH, including Sir David Nicholson himself.

Sir Robert Francis, the chair of the inquiry, has also taken an active interest in the current regulatory system run by CQC.  

The inquiry is sitting in the midst of considerable NHS upheaval and how the chair’s conclusions will fit into the proposed changes is yet to be seen.

If you want to get involved there are seven planned seminars around the country starting with Regulation methods on 13 October in Manchester and ending with Commissioning on 3 November in London. Although the seminars are “invitation only” there are also opportunities for the general public to attend.

More details can be found on the inquiry website which is