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Inquiry findings on Mid Staffs

24th February 2010

An independent inquiry into the deaths of hospital patients under the care of Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust has found many suffered “unimaginable” levels of suffering and distress.


The report, the latest in a series of critical reviews of the trust, found patients were left sobbing and humiliated in a hospital driven by targets and cost-cutting.

Findings had revealed that between 2005 and 2008, there were at least 400 more deaths than expected.

Relatives of patients, however, still feel there are questions remaining unanswered and want a public inquiry to be held, though ministers have resisted that.

Instead, the government established the current inquiry led by Robert Francis QC, which has been held in private and mainly focused on what happened inside the trust and in particular Stafford Hospital.

Following publication of the inquiry report, the government said Mr Francis would now be allowed to look into the regulation and monitoring issues.

The latest review says patients were routinely neglected and often had little to eat or drink.

The report pointed to ineffective management, uncaring staff, concern with targets and a lack of compassion.

Inspectors have carried out regular checks on the trust since the original Healthcare Commission report and the chief executive and chairman in charge during the period in question have been replaced.

The General Medical Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council are also investigating some of the staff involved.

New chairman Sir Stephen Moss apologised unreservedly while Health Secretary Andy Burnham said there could be "no excuses" for the failings.


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