There are fresh allegations of misconduct against the former Chief Executive and Chairwoman of the scandal-hit Stafford hospital. Hundreds of patients died needlessly on the wards because of appalling standards of care.
It is claimed the two knowingly gave false information about death rates to a Borough Council Committee. Watch Alison Mackenzie's report.
At a meeting of the Full Council last night it was agreed to instruct the council’s Chief Executive to make formal complaint to the Crown Prosecution Service in that Martin Yeates – the former Chief Executive of the hospital Trust and Mrs Toni Brisby – former chair of the Trust - committed the offence of misconduct in public office by knowingly giving false and misleading evidence to the council’s statutory overview and scrutiny committee.
Former bosses at Mid Staffordshire hospital have been referred to the Crown Prosecution Service by Stafford Borough Council.
This Council instructs the Chief Executive to make formal complaint to the Crown Prosecution Service in that Mr Martin Yeates and Mrs Toni Brisby committed the offence of Misconduct In Public Office by knowingly giving false and misleading evidence to the Council’s Statutory Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Stafford to protest over threatened cutbacks to acute services at Stafford Hospital. Protesters say they fear the cuts will lead to losses of life and will put other local hospitals under strain.
Protesters filled the Market Square and many surrounding streets, they marched to the hospital approximately one mile away.
For years Stafford has faced criticism over poor standards of care, which has been blamed for hundreds of patient deaths.
But marchers say the hospital has greatly improved and the threat of acute services being moved elsewhere will leave people in the town in danger.
The hospital is currently in special administration the administrators say they are aware of the strength of feeling locally and are setting up public meetings to hear people's views.