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Poor training, staff cuts, and over emphasis on targets led to failures at Stafford hospital, says inquiry

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1137 (Published 25 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1137
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

    The findings of an independent inquiry into Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust by Robert Francis QC found that appalling failures in patient safety and care were caused by inadequate training of staff, staff cut backs, and an over emphasis on government targets by the trust’s senior management team.

    The inquiry was launched into events at Stafford hospital after a damning report last March from the Healthcare Commission showed a catalogue of failings at the trust where at least 400 more people died than would have been expected in a three year period from 2005 to 2008. The report explains how patients were neglected and left in pain as the trust focused on its finances and on hitting government targets in a bid to attain foundation status.

    Commenting on the report’s findings, Mr Francis said that …

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