The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has outlined the Government's plans to implement the recommendations of the Francis report.
A mother who suffered life-changing injuries after giving birth at Stafford Hospital has received a six-figure payout.
Administrators have made a number of recommendations for Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust which is to be dissolved.
Protesters are marching in Stafford today against the planned cuts to services at Stafford Hospital.
The hospital may lose its maternity and paediatric services.
The consultation process over plans to transfer maternity and paediatric services from Stafford Hospital is due to end on Tuesday (1 October).
Ahead of the deadline members of the Support Stafford Hospital (SSH) campaign have organised today's second rally in the town centre.
A spokesman for SSH said the march was the chance for "one last push" backing the retaining of all services at Stafford, adding clinical standards and confidence in the hospital had risen significantly since the scandal.
The administrators have said the trust is too small to provide adequate standards of clinical care in the longer term and partnering up with larger hospital trusts is the only way for Stafford Hospital to survive.
A second march will take place today in support of Stafford Hospital and in protest at the planned cuts to its maternity and paediatric services.
The previous march in April saw nearly 50,000 people march with more than 54,000 people signing the petition in support of the retention of acute services at the hospital.
Bosses at Stafford Hospital have apologised after a nurse has been struck off the nursing register for failing to recognise a patient was diabetic.
Ann King failed to check Gillian Astbury's notes or check her blood sugar levels.
The 66-year-old died in April 2007.
King's colleague, Jeannette Coulson, was given a caution order for three years by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
– Colin Ovington, Director of Nursing, Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust
"Neither of these two nurses works for the Trust - Jeanette Coulson left in August 2010, and Patricia King in August 2012.
"Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Gillian Astbury and we apologise for the appalling care Ms Astbury received at our hospital in April 2007."
The daughter of a Stafford Hospital patient who died as a result of poor care is ‘happy’ to ‘draw a line under the case’, after a decision was made to strike one nurse off the register and caution another.
Kate Beeson’s mother, Gillian Astbury, died in 2007 after falling into a diabetic coma. A hearing found that her records were not checked, and she was not given insulin by nurses.
Nurse, Ann King has been struck off the nursing register, and former colleague, Jeanette Coulson, has been cautioned for their parts in the death of Mrs Astbury.
Following the decision on the nurses by The Nursing and Midwifery Council, Kate Beeson released this statement:
"Due to the neglect of these nurses and the inadequacies of the hospital that they worked in, my mother died.
While we are happy that the conclusion of the NMC hearing draws a line under the case, whatever the ruling nothing can bring my mother back, and nothing can truly reflect the severity of the nurses’ negligence.
We have been fighting for justice for several, very tiring years. Since her tragic death, I have been unable to put my mother to rest.
Had the case been dealt with promptly, and the failings of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust brought to light sooner, lives could have been saved and families could have been protected from the pain that we have had to go through.
Today’s judgment and all of the effort that has gone into getting to this stage will be completely in vain if others in a similar position do not step out and make their voices heard.
It is important that those responsible are brought to account and people need to speak up in order to make that happen."
Stafford nurse Ann King has been struck off the nursing register for failing to recognise a patient was diabetic at Stafford Hospital.
Her colleague Jeannette Coulson was given a caution order for three years by the panel at the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Both nurses failed to check Gillian Astbury's notes or check her blood sugar levels. The 66-year-old was not given insulin for 48 hours and as a result fell into a diabetic coma and died in April 2007.
The panel at The Nursing and Midwifery Council said it accepted there were serious staff shortages and a lack of support from senior management at the time, but said Gillian Astbury had died due to a lack of patient care.
The panel said striking Ann King off the nursing register was the only sanction which would protect the public.
The panel said Jeannette Coulson did not have primary responsibility for the patient and was a committed and caring nurse who was working in a hospital with systematic failures.
Both nurses have now retired from the profession.
Two Stafford nurses who failed to spot a patient was diabetic, will find out whether they will be struck off the nursing register today.
Jeannette Coulson and Ann King were found guilty of misconduct by the Nursing and Midwifery Council in July following the death of a diabetic patient.
Gillian Astbury was admitted to Stafford Hospital in April 2007 with a broken pelvis following a fall at her home in Hednesford.
But for two days before her death, the 66-year-old was denied insulin. She died after falling into a diabetic coma.
It was found both nurses had failed to look at, or update, her patient notes. They had also failed to check her blood sugar levels.
Both nurses later claimed they had no idea the pensioner was diabetic.
A panel at the Nursing and Midwifery Council said that their fitness to practise had been impaired.
Today the panel will decide what sanctions to take against the two nurses, which could include being struck off the nursing register, although both nurses have now retired from the profession.
Last month it was announced the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust will be prosecuted over the death of Gillian Astbury.
An inquest into her death said not administering insulin had led to a gross failure to provide basic care.
Two nurses from Stafford Hospital found guilty of misconduct by the Nursery and Midwifery Council are to find out what sanctions they will face.
The Council found that Gillian Astbury died after not being given insulin, and ruled that Jeannette Coulson and Ann King failed to check Ms Astbury's records.
A committee of MPs have discussed changes to avoid a repeat of the Stafford Hospital scandal in the NHS.
Commenting on this report, Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell MP, Chair of the Committee said:
The NHS needs to be an organization in which an open dialogue about care quality is part of the natural culture of the organization, not a duty which only arises in cases of service failure.
Robert Francis made 290 recommendations in his report, but in truth they boil down to just one - that the culture of 'doing the system's business' is pervasive in parts of the NHS and has to change.
This cultural change will require a system where it is easier to raise a genuine concern about care standards or patient safety than it is not to do so. Many who raise their concerns in the NHS at present risk serious consequences for their employment and professional status. But disciplinary procedures, professional conduct hearings and employment tribunals are not the proper place for honestly-held concerns about patient safety and care quality to be aired constructively.
The shortage of nursing staff on NHS wards could lead to a higher risk of more patients dying in hospital, according to the nursing research unit which carried out the analysis.
Jane Ball, deputy director of the National Nursing Research Unit at King’s College London, who led the research, said:
I would have hoped that less than 10 per cent of wards would be at these danger levels.
We should all be gravely concerned about this. It’s not simply that nurses aren’t able to talk to patients and comfort people, it’s about levels of surveillance. Having fewer skilled people to keep an eye on patients can ultimately lead to a higher risk of them dying in hospital.