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Stafford Hospital pays out £1m in compensation

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Stafford Hospital has paid out more than a million pounds in compensation for treating patients in an "inhumane and degrading" way.

Human Rights solicitor Emma Jones, who is part of a legal team representing more than 100 victims of alleged abuse at Stafford Hospital, said that Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust paid out the significant sum to patients or their families.

"Having visited the families of those who died, or victims who survived the horrors of this hospital, you cannot help but become angry and extremely worried that this is happening elsewhere, with the same excuses being given and blind eyes being cast to what is torture of the most vulnerable in a place where care should be the single most important feature

"We believe that care in some hospitals is so bad it continues to breach the European Convention on Human Rights.

"We await the report into Stafford Hospital and hope that change does come to what is still a healthcare system to be proud of and which remains the envy of the world, but it needs to continually improve and learn lessons from when things go wrong and have the systems in place for these issues to come to the surface and not be buried under bureaucracy or, even worse, disguised for financial benefit."

– Emma Jones, human rights solicitor

The compensation claims were made after the legal team argued the trust had breached the Human Rights Act.

A report looking into serious failings at the Trust is due to be published next month. In 2009, a separate highly-critical report by the Healthcare Commission revealed a catalogue of failings at the trust and said "appalling standards" put patients at risk.

The Commission said between 400 and 1,200 more people died than would have been expected in a three-year period from 2005 to 2008.

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