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Mid Staffs accepts case referral to Crown Court

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

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Stafford Hospital guilty of neglect in woman's death

The health trust which runs Stafford Hospital has pleaded guilty to breaching safety laws over the death of a diabetic patient.

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust admitted failing to ensure the safety of 66-year-old Gillian Astbury, who was not given insulin and lapsed into a diabetic coma.

Stafford Hospital has pleaded guilty to safety breaches in court today
Stafford Hospital has pleaded guilty to safety breaches in court today Credit: PA

The criminal prosecution was brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) three years after an inquest jury ruled Mrs Astbury, from Hednesford, died due to neglect.

The inquest found low staffing levels and a systemic failure to provide adequate nursing facilities were both contributory factors.

Staff failed to give Mrs Astbury insulin, amounting to a "gross failure" to provide basic care, the jury ruled.

She had been admitted in April 2007 for treatment for fractures to her arm and pelvis.

Proceedings against Mid Staffordshire NHS over patient death to begin

Gillian Astbury died in 2007 after entering a diabetic coma
Gillian Astbury died in 2007 after entering a diabetic coma Credit: Anthony Collins Solicitors/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The prosecution proceedings of Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust are due to begin today after an inquest revealed a 66-year-old woman died due to neglect.

Gillian Astbury died at Stafford Hospital in 2007 after entering a diabetic coma.

Two nurses were found guilty of misconduct. The trust apologised for what they called "appalling care".

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Thousands gather in protest against Stafford cuts

by Peter Bearne

Thousands of campaigners have gathered in the centre of Stafford to protest at plans to move some acute services away from their local hospital.

The march heads out of Market Square in Stafford Credit: ITV News Central

It is the second march through the town organised by the Support Stafford Hospital action group.

Administrators in charge of the beleaguered hospital want to transfer maternity and paediatric services to other larger NHS trusts. They say the Mid-Staffordshire Trust is too small to maintain standards of care and remain financially viable in the long term.

Protesters gather in Market Square Credit: ITV News Central

It comes after an inquiry found hundreds of patients died needlessly at the hospital between 2005-2008 because of poor care.

A consultation about the administrators' plans is due to finish on Tuesday.

The march continues round the town Credit: ITV News Central

Villagers worried about disruption caused by HS2

Residents from Marston in Staffordshire are protesting in Stafford, worried their village will be spoilt by the new HS2 high speed rail line.

HS2 Limited says it is doing all it can to minimise any environmental impact and that the project will boost the economy by billions of pounds a year.

But villagers say the £50billion project will devastate their community. They claim there will be no economic benefit locally because no trains will stop in Staffordshire and are calling on the county council to oppose it.

Bob Gasch organised the protest in Staffordshire.

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