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Publish date of Stafford hospital inquiry report announced

The report of the £11 million public inquiry into the serious failings at Stafford Hospital will be delivered to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on 5th February, to be published the following day, says the inquiry chairman.

The inquiry is examining what went wrong between 2005 and 2009, after hundreds more people died than would have been expected.

Robert Francis QC said:

“Following discussions with the Secretary of State for Health, at his request I have agreed to hand my final report to him on 5 February 2013. I will then publish it on Wednesday 6 February shortly ahead of the report being laid before Parliament that day.

I am making this information publicly available, so that core participants, witnesses and those following the Inquiry are aware of its next steps.”

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"This is the worst report in the history of the NHS"

The woman who led the campaign to expose poor standards of care at Stafford Hospital has said that "it is about time someone was held to account".

Reports out today from the Sunday Telegraph that a public inquiry into the failings will recommend an overhaul of regulation to ensure poor managers are replaced and better training for nurses and healthcare assistants.

Julie Bailey has published a book telling the inside story of the NHS scandal - which has been blamed for the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of patients including her mother.

However the Department of Health has dismissed reports into details of Stafford Hospital inquiry as speculation.

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Department of Health dismiss reports into details of Stafford Hospital inquiry as speculation

A spokesperson from the Department of Health has issued the following comment about today's reports into Stafford Hospital in the Sunday Telegraph.

"Robert Francis QC intends to deliver his report to the Secretary of State for Health during January. The Department and the Inquiry will provide a timescale for publication at that time but expects it to be shortly thereafter, subject to the Parliamentary timetable."

– DoH Spokesperson

Statement from Staffordshire Hospital Chief Executive

The Chief Executive at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, Lyn Hill-Tout, has released the following statement regarding the £1million compensation they have paid out.

"After detailed investigations in relation to the care given, the patients, theirfamilies and the Trust have reached an agreement. Sadly, we cannot undo the past 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 important to stress that this does not reflect Stafford Hospital as it is today."

– Lyn Hill-Tout, Chief Executive at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

"The care of our patients has significantly improved. This is evidenced by thefeedback patients provide and the support from our local community who useour services. We are not perfect and will continue to listen and improve sothat we become one of the safest hospitals, where patients are cared for withcompassion and receive the best possible treatment."

– Lyn Hill-Tout, Chief Executive at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

"In addition to the community feedback, there is independent evidence of ourimprovement and we encourage people to read this, so they get a factual andup to date view of the care they will receive when choosing to come to StaffordHospital."

– Lyn Hill-Tout, Chief Executive at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust
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