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Possible investigation into the death of a Stafford patient six years ago

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says it's considering resuming an investigation it started into the death of a patient at Stafford Hospital almost six years ago.

Gillian Astbury, from Hednesford in the West Midlands, was a diabetic but wasn't given insulin for 48 hours while in hospital where she was being treated after a fall in 2007.

An inquest in 2010 found there'd been gross failure to provide basic care. The HSE suspended its investigation when the Stafford Hospital public inquiry was announced.

Today the HSE said it will examine the findings of the Francis Report into Stafford Hospital public inquiry and issued a statement: On independent legal advice, HSE suspended its work looking into the death of Gillian Astbury once the public inquiry was announced. Now that the report has been published, HSE is studying its findings and will take them into account in deciding whether a full investigation should be launched.

We are sorry about the events of the past and sadly we cannot undo them or the harm that some of our patients and their relatives suffered as a result of terrible care when they were at their most vulnerable. However it is not representative of the care patients receive at Stafford Hospital today. We will of course co-operate fully with any investigation.

– Maggie Oldham, Deputy Chief Executive at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

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