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Staff concerns at Mid Staffordshire trust were “lost in a black hole”

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 04 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2297
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1Margate

    Safety concerns raised by clinical staff, including the submission of several hundred incident report forms at the troubled Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, were either “lost in a black hole” or ignored, a panel of MPs has been told.

    A highly critical report by former regulator, the Healthcare Commission, in March, concluded that the lack of staff and equipment at the trust made emergency care there unsafe (BMJ 2009;338:b1141, doi:10.1136/bmj.b1141).

    Witnesses at an evidence session of the parliamentary health select committee’s inquiry into patient safety on 3 June were asked what staff had done to raise the alarm through official channels about the extent …

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