Health campaigner, Julie Bailey, has told a parliamentary committee that people who have suffered wrongdoing should not have to fight so hard to get a public inquiry.
She gave evidence at Westminster earlier to a committee looking into the rules surrounding the setting-up of inquiries. Julie Bailey lost her mother, Bella, in the Mid Staffordshire Hospital scandal and went on to set-up the campaign group, Cure the NHS.
Healthcare bosses have been given an additional 40 days to reach an agreement on the funding of essential services at two Staffordshire hospitals.
Administrators were appointed by health watchdog Monitor earlier this year to look at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Stafford and Cannock Chase Hospitals, after a draft report found the trust to be clinically and financially unsustainable.
The findings proposed that the trust be dissolved and some essential services moved to hospitals in neighbouring areas, while also recommending that the A&E department be retained.
However, an agreement is still to be reached on how to pay for the services and interested parties have now been given an extended period to finalise a deal.
Monitor chief executive David Bennett said: "We need to find an answer to the question of who will be providing what funding to secure the future of essential patient services in Mid Staffordshire."
"We are giving extra time for the interested parties to reach agreement over the next few weeks, in order to ensure that patients continue to get the services they need and the taxpayer gets value for money."
Ron Street, a friend of Gillian Astbury's, has said: "Today’s acknowledgement of guilt by the Trust does little by way of justice against those individuals who permitted such unsafe practices for so long".
"Senior members of the [Mid Staffordshire NHS] Trust Board, who were responsible for implementing this system of unsafe work at the hospital whilst Gillian was in their care, have never been held to account"
Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Gillian Astbury and we apologise for the dreadful care Ms Astbury received at Stafford Hospital in April 2007.
We have been very open and candid and have cooperated fully with the Health and Safety Executive throughout its investigation.
The Trust offered no defence to the charge which the Health and Safety Executive brought against it today and accepts the court's decision to refer the case to the Crown Court.
Although of little consideration to Ms Astbury's family, we can assure them that we have done everything we can to put right those things which went so very wrong in 2007 and that the standard of care now provided at the hospital has improved considerably over the last few years, as has been recognised by many independent organisations and individuals.
– Maggie Oldham, chief executive at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust