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“2020health is an important and thoughtful contributor to the health debate”

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chairman, Health Select Committee

 
 

Conservative Home Notes on a scandal – how the Staffordshire public rose up to seek for justice

Hospital is still where most people die, but from 2005 to 2009 it is estimated that between 400 to 1200 people died needlessly at Mid-Staffs. What exactly were the senior management and hospital Board doing during this time? Robert Francis QC spent 139 days listening to witnesses and has had to review about one million pages of evidence. Today he will issue his report, having sent advance warning letters over the past couple of months to those who are named as bearing some responsibility. What Julie Bailey and the Cure the NHS campaign are hoping to see today is that their pain has been heard and turned into solid proposals to rebuild a culture of safety and care in the NHS. It’s not just a task for the NHS, but for wider society from which staff are drawn - we need to have greater respect for the role of caring and the elderly, and be prepared to take responsibility.