The Bishops of Lichfield and Stafford have been speaking about the Francis Report into standards of care at scandal hit Stafford Hospital in an interview to The Church Times.
The Bishop of Stafford, the Rt Revd Geoff Annas, and The Bishop of Lichfield, the Rt Revd Jonathan Gledhill have been reacting to the report.
Bishop Jonathon siad:
– Rt Revd Jonathan Gledhill, Bishop of Lichfield
“This has been a long and terrible time for all the people of Staffordshire, in particular the relatives of those who died unnecessarily and suffered. Our first obligation is to make sure that the chief recommendations of the Francis Report are carried out so that people will not be afraid to go to their local hospital."
The Bishop of Stafford, the Rt Revd Geoff Annas, expressed his sympathy for families and staff caught up in the tragedy:
“We must remember that behind the horrific events catalogued in the Francis report lies the experiences of thousands of people in our county (and, it now seems, across the country) who have been affected. No Report or Plan or Directive can ever bring back loved ones who suffered and died. They will forever be remembered by families and friends. "