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Mid Staffordshire Trust: We accept watchdog's findings

Statement from Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust:

'Mid Staffs is not financially sustainable in its current form because, despite all the efforts not only of the Trust but of the local health service, we do not have a plan which brings us to break even by 2015.

Similar financial challenges are being faced across the country by smaller general hospitals.'

'Our services are not clinically sustainable in their current form.

This is because medicine has and will continue to become more specialised and smaller hospitals cannot attract or resource the specialist teams and infrastructure required to maintain such services.'

'Mid Staffordshire Trust clinically and financially unsustainable'

An independent report has found that the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust is clinically and financially unsustainable Credit: ITV Central

An independent report has found that the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust is clinically and financially unsustainable.

While it says Stafford and Cannock hospitals are providing safe care at the moment, they will not be able to continue providing the same service in the future and break even financially.

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CQC chief: 'We haven't stood still, we have made progress'

The chief executive of the Care Quality Commission, David Behan, has spoken about measures that have been put in place to increase confidence in health and social health care services.

He said: "We haven't stood still, we have made progress and we're determined we will continue to make progress.

"Then we can get on with the job that we've been asked to do which is to ensure that people gain access to high quality services."

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NHS watchdog claimed that whistleblower was 'mentally ill'

MPs have said that the Care Quality Commission was weakened last year when the body failed to address issues raised by whistleblower board member Kay Sheldon.

She had voiced concerns about poor leadership and safety breaches at the health regulator but the CQC "failed to address and act on them".

In August, The Independent reported allegations that the outgoing chair of the regular, Dame Jo Williams had attempted to discredit Ms Sheldon by casting doubts about her mental health.

Ms Sheldon told the Independent: "They were trying to discredit me as either mad or bad" Credit: The Independent

The newspaper said that Dame Williams had commissioned an occupational health doctor to psychiatrically assess Ms Sheldon without her knowledge.

A report concluded Ms Sheldon, who has a history of depression, was possibly suffering from "paranoid schizophrenia" although the doctor never met her and spoke to her briefly on the phone.

She said: “I am very open about my mental health problems, but it feels like they tried to use it against me".

Dame Williams also wrote to the then Health Secretary Andrew Lansley requesting that Ms Sheldon be removed from the board.

However, he later decided that she should stay after she started legal action.

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Whistleblower: CQC has powers that they do not use

The Care Quality Commission watchdog was set up to ensure patients weren't at risk but a report by the Health Select Committee says it's failing us.

Whistleblower, Eileen Chubb, who set up her own charity after being angered by the standard of health and social care, spoke to ITV Daybreak.

She said that the CQC has 'plenty of powers, but they do not want to use them'.

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