Mid Staffs hospital is fined £200 000 over “avoidable” death of diabetic patient in 2007

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 30 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3020
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust has been fined £200 000 (€243 000; $336 000) and ordered to pay more than £27 000 in costs after it was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive over the “wholly avoidable” death of Gillian Astbury, a diabetic patient who died after nurses failed to give her insulin.

Sentencing the trust at Stafford Crown Court Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said, “This was a wholly avoidable and tragic death of a vulnerable patient who was admitted to hospital for care, but who …

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