The College has recently published an occasional paper in response to the Francis inquiry into the care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. We consider that it overlooks one key question implicit in the inquiry's recommendations: ‘Is the business model of care fit for purpose?’ We question whether the business model in its present form is appropriate for the delivery of healthcare. We suggest there is a need for greater conceptual clarity with regard to the nature of compassionate care and the meaning of person-centred medicine. We recommend that a broader moral and ethical framework is considered not only for psychiatry, but for all healthcare provision which would transcend specialty and Royal College boundaries.
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