Former health minister questions why GPs did not sound alarm bells about Stafford hospital

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 08 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5744
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Former health secretary Andy Burnham was given just four lines of civil service advice on Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust before he let its application for foundation trust status go forward, he has told the public inquiry into the trust’s failings.

Mr Burnham, who was a health minister in 2007 when he allowed the application to go ahead, said: “I was not presented with any information about care quality at the trust.” He had not been told that two months earlier it had come out as one of the 10 worst performing trusts in the country in the Dr Foster hospital standardised mortality ratio tables. …

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