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A criminal investigation has begun into the death of a diabetic woman who died at Stafford Hospital exactly 6 years ago after staff failed to give her insulin.
Gillian Astbury, who was 66 and from Hednesford in Staffordshire, went into hospital with a broken arm in April 2007, but died days later.
Her partner Ron Street today welcomed the news that the Health & Safety Executive is investigating, now the public inquiry into standards of care at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust is complete. Chris Halpin reports.
Ron Street, who's diabetic partner Gillian Astbury died at Stafford Hospital in 2007 after staff failed to give her insulin, says he hopes to get answers from a new Health & Safety Executive investigation into her death.
A criminal investigation has started into the death of a diabetic woman at Stafford Hospital. Gillian Astbury died six years ago after staff failed to administer insulin. Callum Watkinson reports.
An Health and Safety (HSE) spokesman says their inspectors have formally started an investigation.
The report by Robert Francis QC highlighted 'appalling and unnecessary suffering of hundreds of people' at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust between 2005 and 2009.
As many as 1,200 patients are thought to have died needlessly after they were 'routinely neglected' at Stafford Hospital.
Many were left lying in their own urine and excrement for days. Some were forced to drink water from vases or given the wrong medication.
An inquest into her death found that failure to administer insulin amounted to a gross failure to provide basic care.
The Health and Safety Executive said a criminal investigation has begun into the death of diabetic Gillian Astbury at Stafford Hospital in 2007.