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NHS trust to be sentenced over Stafford Hospital death

The NHS trust is facing a large fine Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust will be sentenced today after pleading guilty to safety breaches over the death of a diabetic patient.

Gillian Astbury, 66, died at Stafford Hospital in 2007 after two nurses failed to give her insulin.

Gillian Astbury died in 2007 after entering a diabetic coma Credit: Anthony Collins Solicitors/PA Wire/Press Association Images

She had been admitted in April 2007 for treatment for fractures to her arm and pelvis.

The inquest found low staffing levels and a systemic failure to provide adequate nursing facilities were both contributory factors.

Consultation period for Mid-Staffs Trust ends tonight

The formal consultation period for the Special Administrators’ draft report on the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust is due to come to an end at midnight tonight.

The discussion period began on August 6, after the administrators published their draft report into the hospital. This recommended the accident and emergency department should only be available in the daytime, and the transfer of maternity and paediatric services to other larger NHS trusts.

The future of Stafford Hospital could be cleared up after midnight tonight Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press

While the consultation period has been on-going there have been a number of protests against the cuts to the Trust, the latest being a march through Stafford last weekend.

Once the consultation period is complete, the Special Administrators will submit their final report. The health service regulator for England, Monitor, and the Secretary of State for Health, will then decide on the recommendations for the hospitals in the Trust, and how to implement them.

Read more: Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust faces being dissolved


Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust: 'People should use services as normal'

We are very much open for business as usual at both Stafford and Cannock Chase Hospitals and all patients should continue to attend their appointments as usual.

We are encouraging local people to use our services as they normally would.

No changes will begin to be made until post the consultation period and after the Secretary of State for Health has made his decision about the future of the trust much later this year.

– Maggie Oldham, chief executive at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust: 'Business as usual'

The TSA has recommended that maternity and children services be stripped at Stafford Hospital
The TSA has recommended that maternity and children services be stripped at Stafford Hospital Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust insists it is "business as usual" after administrators announced it should be dissolved and one of its hospitals stripped of key services.

The trust says all services, including those for children and maternity, will continue during the public consultation period.

The trust, which runs Stafford Hospital and Cannock Chase Hospital, went into administration in April after a report found it was not "clinically or financially sustainable."

Trust Special Administrators (TSAs) have now recommended a major shake-up, saying the trust earns around £150m a year but costs about £170m to run.

The consultation on their recommendations starts on August 6 and is running until October 1.

Andy Burnham criticises Mid Staffs NHS proposals

After all they have been through, today's verdict will feel like a kick in the teeth for the people of Stafford.

Local people had a legitimate right to expect that the end result of the two Francis inquiries would be to give them a hospital which is both safe and sustainable.

But whilst we welcome the decision to keep the A&E open, Jeremy Hunt's failure to prioritise turning the hospital around in recent years has led to the loss of maternity and paediatric services at Stafford, representing a significant downgrade of the hospital.

– Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham MP


Campaign group welcomes Mid Staffs NHS proposals

Many of today's proposals will be of concern for people in Stafford. Everyone deserves the best possible care from their local hospital and other care services. Cure The NHS still firmly believes that patient safety has to be the number one priority.

Closer working relationship with UHNS will be a good thing for Stafford Hospital and everyone who relies on it. Evidence shows that specialist centres, such as the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, have the safest outcomes for patients.”I believe there are valuable lessons to be learned by other hospitals facing similar difficulties.

– Julie Bailey, founder of campaign group Cure The NHS

Nearby hospitals to assume Stafford duties by 2016

Poor care at Stafford Hospital may have led to the deaths of hundreds of patients as a result of maltreatment and neglect. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

If the proposals by theTrust Special Administrators (TSA) go ahead, it is anticipated the services identified to be migrated from Stafford Hospital will have moved across to neighbouring hospitals in the region within two or three years.

Those services will instead be provided in the main by the University of North Staffordshire NHS Trust, and The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, although the TSA has identified other healthcare providers interested in taking on some aspects of care.

The TSA came up with its draft recommendations after discussions with patient groups, the public and clinicians including hospital trusts in Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton, and the local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) - which buy in health services for the area.

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