Stafford report delay

The administrators of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust have been granted more time to prepare a report into how the trust should be run. The trust runs Stafford Hospital, where hundreds of patients died needlessly between 2005 and 2009.

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First day of administration for Mid Staffs NHS Foundation Trust

Stafford Hospital Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Special administrators will be running the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust from today.

It is the first foundation trust in the country to be put into administration.

It means that regulators will draw up a "sustainable" action plan for its future.

Hundreds of patients died needlessly at Stafford Hospital when financial targets were put before patient care.

The Francis Report highlighted the "appalling and unnecessary suffering of hundreds of people" between 2005 and 2009.

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UNISON: Stafford Hospital announcement is 'deeply worrying'

Today’s news is deeply worrying for patients, staff and local people. More than 15,000 local residents have already signed a petition calling for the hospital to keep its acute services. It is vital that these views are listened to and acted upon at all stages of the consultation process.

Hospital staff and managers have put many hours of hard work into trying to turn this hospital around after the tragic lapses of care that occurred.

There is money available to bail out banks, there should be money available to bail out vital local services such as hospitals. The government must step in.

– Christina McAnea, UNISON head of Health
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Chief executive 'proud to put patients first'

Our staff continue to provide care for our patients at both Stafford and Cannock Chase hospitals, and are very proud to continue to put patients first.

We would like to reassure local people and GPs that we are continuing to provide all our usual services at both hospitals and patients should turn up as usual for any appointments they have.

We would like to thank our local community for their continued support, which means a great deal to staff.

– Lyn Hill-Tout, chief executive Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

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