Mid Staffs Trust fined £200,000 over death of diabetic patient

The Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust has been fined £200,000 after pleading guilty to failings in care which led to the death of a 66-year-old diabetic woman who was not given insulin.

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Stafford Hospital: 'General malaise' in standards

File photo dated 17/03/09 Stafford General Hospita Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Among the aggravating features of the case identified was the fact that the errors occurred amid a "general malaise" in standards and priorities at Stafford Hospital between 2004-2007, a judge has said.

"The underlying causes of the breaches and the malaise were fundamental organisational and managerial failures, which can be traced to the very top of the organisation." Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said.

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'Effectively broken' Stafford NHS Trust caused death

A judge sitting at Stafford Crown Court said the death of Gillian Astbury, who was not given insulin despite being diabetic, had been caused by an "effectively broken" system for hand-overs between staff and poor record-keeping.

Passing sentence on the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, High Court judge Mr Justice Haddon-Cave described the 66-year-old's death as tragic and wholly avoidable.

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Statement from Mid Staffs Trust following £200k fine

The trust which runs Stafford hospital have released a statement following the £200,000 fine they were issued for the failures in care which led to the death of a diabetic patient.

Gillian Astbury died in 2007 after nurses failed to give her insulin.

Jeff Crawshaw, Deputy Chief Executive of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation said:

On behalf of the Trust, I want to again express our deepest and most sincere apologies to Mrs Astbury’s family for the unacceptable care she received

at Stafford Hospital in 2007. Today marks the final stage in what has been a thorough and long running investigation into the failings which led to her tragic death...

From the very beginning, we have acknowledged the failings in Mrs Astbury’s care, and we have never shied away from our responsibility for what happened to

her. It has been recognised by all sides in this distressing case that our Trust is a very different and much better organisation now than it was when this tragedy occurred.

– Jeff Crawshaw, Deputy Chief Executive of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation

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£200k fine for Mid Staffs after diabetic woman's death

by Victoria Davies
Gillian Astbury died after she was not given insulin Credit: Anthony Collins Solicitors/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The trust which runs stafford hospital has been fined £200,000 for failures in care which led to the death of a diabetic patient in 2007.

Gillian Astbury died after nurses failed to give her insulin. Stafford Crown Court heard how there was a systematic failure in providing proper handovers between nursing shifts and proper record keeping. As a result nurses failed to give the essential medication Ms Astburyneeded.

The judge said it was a wholly avoidable and tragic death of a vulnerable patient who was admitted to hospital for care but died because of a lack of it.

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust has also been ordered to pay £27,000 in costs.

Mid Staffs Trust to be sentenced over diabetic patient's death

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust to be sentenced Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust will be sentenced today after pleading guilty to failings in care which led to the death of a 66-year-old diabetic woman who was not given insulin.

Gillian Astbury died at the hospital in 2007 Credit: ITV News Central

Gillian Astbury fell into a diabetic coma at Stafford hospital in April 2007, after being admitted with a fractured arm and pelvis.

The Trust became the first in the country to go into administration after reporting operating deficits of £11million.

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