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Regulatory system overseeing Stafford hospital was “wholly ineffective,” hears inquiry

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6465 (Published 12 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6465
  1. Clare Dyer
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The care provided at Stafford hospital was so bad it violated patients’ human rights, counsel for the campaign group Cure the NHS (CURE) told the public inquiry into failures in monitoring the hospital.

“The shocking experience of Mid Staffordshire [the NHS trust that runs the hospital] suggests that despite the array of supervisory, regulatory, and commissioning bodies within the health system, their individual and combined work completely failed to create and sustain a culture of care within the NHS and to maintain basic standards of care, dignity and respect for human rights,” Jeremy Hyam said.

He told the inquiry, “The problem is …

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