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Stafford report delay

The administrators of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust have been granted more time to prepare a report into how the trust should be run. The trust runs Stafford Hospital, where hundreds of patients died needlessly between 2005 and 2009.

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Top nurse 'appalled' by Stafford scandal

The country's top nurse has said colleagues who fail to demonstrate "compassion and empathy" to patients have no place in the NHS, following a damning report into failings of care at Stafford Hospital.

Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer for England, said she was "shocked and appalled" at the behaviour of some members of her profession after the findings of a public inquiry into Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust were published.

Robert Francis QC, who led the inquiry, uncovered a "disaster" in the standards of basic care and medical treatment for some of the most vulnerable and elderly patients.

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