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Stafford Hospital meeting to discuss merger plans

Protestors against moving the hospital's services have been camped outside Credit: ITV News Central

A special board meeting is being held today at Stafford Hospital to formally approve plans to merge the hospital's services with the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, in Stoke-on-Trent.

Protestors against the move say they plan to go to the meeting and ask a 'long list of questions' they want bosses to answer.

Hospital bosses apologise to John Moore-Robinson family

Bosses at Stafford Hospital have apologised "unreservedly" to the family of John Moore-Robinson, who died within hours of being discharged.

In a statement, the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust chief executive, Maggie Oldham, said his death "could and should" have been prevented.

We apologise unreservedly to Mr and Mrs Robinson and their family for the failings in care provided to John at Stafford Hospital in April 2006.

The tragic loss of his life could and should have been prevented.

We are also very sorry that initial failings on the part of the trust, relating to the first inquest, have meant that it has taken until now for them to get the answers they sought.

– Trust chief executive Maggie Oldham

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Verdict: Coronor finds 'failings' in care at Stafford Hospital

A coroner has identified six key failings and several "shortcomings" in the care of a man who died within hours of being discharged from Stafford Hospital.

John Moore-Robinson, from Leicester, had suffered a ruptured spleen in a mountain biking accident - but doctors failed to spot it.

Sitting at Leicester Coroner's Court, coroner Catherine Mason today said she believed his death was preventable.

If Mr Moore-Robinson had been managed in accordance with his needs... on the balance of probabilities, the loss of his life could have been prevented.

– Coroner Catherine Mason

Inquest conclusion expected into man from Leicester's death

A coroner is expected to record her conclusion today in the second inquest into the death of a man from Leicester.

John Moore Robinson Credit: ITV News Central

John Moore Robinson died from a ruptured spleen within hours of being discharged from Stafford Hospital.

A report was released shortly after his first inquest, which suggested his treatment could amount to neglect.

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Inquest hears death of man was "totally preventable"

A retired consultant has told an inquest that the death of a man who was sent home from Stafford Hospital after a doctor failed to spot a ruptured spleen was "totally preventable".

Dr Ivan Phair was a consultant in A&E at Stafford Hospital in 2006, when John Moore-Robinson was brought in following a mountain bike accident on Cannock Chase.

He was discharged the same day and died at home.

John Moore-Robinson Credit: ITV News Central

In an earlier report on the death, Mr Phair said that the initial examination of John Moore-Robinson was "brief and incomplete".

Dr Girish Sharma was the Senior House Officer who conducted that examination.

Asked what more Dr Sharma should have done, Mr Phair said, "He should have put his stethoscope on and listened to the quality of the abdomen and the sound of the bowels."

"He hasn't written anything down to suggest that he has listened to whether or not the bowel sounds were absent or present."

Inquest into death of Stafford patient to resume

John Moore-Robinson died in 2006 Credit: ITV News Central

A second inquest in the death of a Stafford Hospital patient, who was sent home with an undiagnosed ruptured spleen, will resume later today.

John Moore-Robinson died in 2006 after a doctor failed to spot the ruptured spleen following a mountain bike accident.

Coroner Catherine Mason adjourned the inquest in April and requested that Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, who run the hospital, make the necessary staff available as witnesses.

After the first inquest in 2007 an internal report from the hospital said Mr Moore-Robinson's treatment could have been negligent.

Yesterday the inquest heard from a Mid Staffs nurse, who said the trust was understaffed at the time of Mr Moore-Robinson's death.

Today the inquest will hear from Dr Ivan Phair, a consultant in the A&E unit, who wrote the trust's internal report. In his report he said Mr Moore-Robinson should have had an ultrasound examination, which would have identified the damage to his spleen.

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Mid Staffs nurse gives evidence at inquest

A statement was read to the court from Mark Saville, a staff nurse at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust, that talked of staff shortages at the time Mr Moore-Robinson died.

"When I started working at the trust in 2006 we were understaffed."

– Mark Saville, a staff nurse at Mid Staffordshire NHS trust
John Moore-Robinson died in 2006 after a doctor failed to spot he had a ruptured spleen Credit: ITV News Central

The statement went on to describe how two nurses in Accident and Emergency would have responsibility for thirteen patients.

The court was also told that "there was no minimum standard" for the taking of vital signs from patients at Mid Staffs at the time.

Second inquest to resume into death of Stafford patient

A second inquest is to resume into the death of Stafford Hospital patient John Moore-Robinson, 20, who died after being sent home from the hospital with an undiagnosed ruptured spleen in April 2006 following a mountain bike accident.

John Moore-Robinson died in 2006 after a doctor failed to spot he had a ruptured spleen Credit: ITV News Central

Coroner Catherine Mason adjourned the inquest in April and requested that Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, who run the hospital, make the necessary staff available as witnesses.

After the first inquest in 2007 an internal report from the hospital said Mr Moore-Robinson's treatment could have been negligent.

REPORT: Second inquest granted into death of man at Stafford Hospital

Thousands sign petition to keep children's services at Stafford Hospital

Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for the trust which runs Stafford Hospital to rethink plans to cut back children's services.

The camp outside Stafford Hospital in July Credit: ITV News Central

Almost 4,000 people have backed a campaign which was launched online last night as hundreds of protesters gathered at Stafford Hospital as the Clinical Commissioning Group held their AGM.

The group is campaigning to keep maternity and paediatric services at the hospital.

Stafford Hospital protest camp to stage walking protest

Around 500 people from the camp protesting outside Stafford Hospital are expected to stage a walking protest later as the Clinical Commissioning Group hold their Annual General Meeting.

The camp outside Stafford Hospital in July Credit: ITV News Central

They are walking just over a mile from the protest camp to the Beacon International Centre.

Members of Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group will use the meeting to report back on their first year as a statutory body and address some of the future challenges facing the NHS both locally and nationally.

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