Stafford Hospital Report – Reflects County Council’s Concerns

Today’s report published by Robert Francis QC has reflected our serious concerns raised by our administration.

The robust and in-depth report goes into failings at the hospital and looks at the reasons for the failings. These findings are important so that Stafford Hospital can improve its service in the future but we must also never lose sight of the fact that people lost loved ones which is a very personal tragedy.

Our cabinet met with Robert Francis before he started his inquiry and made clear our views on the failings that resulted in this terrible tragedy.

It is clear that it was lethal combination of failings in both national and local regulation and in short a lot of organisation looked at Stafford Hospital but nobody saw what was happening.

We will now be urging the Staffordshire Health Scrutiny Committee to strengthen their role in ensuring a tragedy of this scale can never happen again.

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