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.
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:
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.
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.
An NHS Trust in charge of Stafford Hospital has been fined £200,000 at Stafford Crown Court for failings in care which caused the death of a diabetic patient in 2007.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.