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Mid-Staffordshire chief executive considered suicide after publication of damning report

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d6409 (Published 04 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6409
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The former chief executive of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust was plunged into a “living nightmare” and considered suicide after a Healthcare Commission inspection found “appalling” standards of care at Stafford Hospital, he told the public inquiry into the trust’s failings this week in a written statement.

Martin Yeates, who broke a two and a half year silence to tell his story, said that his family, career, and health were broken and that he became a “political football” after the commission’s report was published in March 2009 (BMJ 2009;338:b1141, doi:10.1136/bmj.b1141).

Mr Yeates, who said he was unable to attend the inquiry in person “for medical reasons,” gave his “honest, open, and candid” …

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