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Mid Staffordshire trust pleads guilty to health and safety breaches

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5973 (Published 06 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5973
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust, which was at the centre of one of the biggest scandals to hit the health service, has pleaded guilty to “very significant” health and safety breaches in relation to the deaths of four elderly patients at Stafford Hospital between 2005 and 2014.

Stafford Magistrates’ Court heard that three of the patients died after having fallen and that the fourth was given penicillin even though hospital staff had been told that she was allergic to the antibiotic.

Bernard Thorogood, prosecuting for the Health and Safety Executive, told the court, “Three of the individuals concerned arrived at hospital vulnerable …

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