Regulators are likely to miss failing hospitals now, says Mid Staffordshire head

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 18 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1778
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Poor standards of care and safety that went undetected for years at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust could recur in the NHS, and there is no guarantee that regulators would spot them, the trust’s chief executive has told the public inquiry into lessons to be learnt from the trust’s failings.

A troubleshooter with nearly 30 years’ NHS experience, Antony Sumara was brought in to turn the trust around after a Healthcare Commission report in March 2009 found “appalling” standards of care and at least 400 excess deaths at Stafford Hospital between 2005 and 2008 (BMJ 2009;338:b1141, doi:10.1136/bmj.b1141).

In his oral evidence to the inquiry, chaired by Robert Francis …

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