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Stafford inquiry will probe why external supervision failed

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6391 (Published 09 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6391
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A public inquiry that opened this week will learn NHS-wide lessons from the scandal of Stafford Hospital, the lawyer chairing the inquiry pledged.

Investigations into the hospital, run by Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, found that patients received “appalling” care and that more than 400 excess deaths occurred between 2005 and 2008.

Opening the inquiry, its chairman, Robert Francis QC, said it was important to “keep at the forefront of our minds the terrible effect of the system’s failings on those it was meant to serve.” Mr Francis said he had listened to “many stories of appalling care” during the inquiry he conducted last year into failings at the hospital, which heard evidence in private. …

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