Mid Staffordshire NHS Chief Executive says sorry.

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The Health Commission's report severely criticised the Foundation Trust's management and detailed the appalling conditions and inadequacies at the hospital. Many press reports suggested that because of the substandard care between 400 and 1200 more patients died between 2005 and 2008 than would be expected for the type of hospital. Following the Health Commission investigations, an Independent Inquiry commenced in July 2009 with the findings published in February 2010.  The independent inquiry claimed the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust had become driven by targets and cost-cutting and that the distress and suffering had been "unimaginable". In June 2010, it was announced that a full public inquiry would be held which began on 8 November 2010 and is chaired by Robert Francis QC.  The inquiry considered more than a million pages of previous evidence as well as hearing from witnesses.

The Times reported today that Sir David Nicholson, The chief executive of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust apologised yesterday for catastrophic failings that led to hundreds of deaths at Mid Stafford NHS Foundation Trust from 2005 to 2009.  Sir Nicholson was  quoted as saying that the NHS “had let people down in the most devastating way”. Caron Heyes, Associate Solicitor for Blake Lapthorn has been involved in the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust investigation through her work with AvMA, who were a core participant at the Public Enquiry into exceptionally poor care at the Mid Staffordshire Hospitals NHS Trust between 2005 and 2009.

Further updates on the story will be discussed next week as the public inquiry into the scandal, led by Sir Robert Francis, QC, is due to report on Wednesday nest week.

Ellen Browne-Mark
Clinical Negligence team  

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