David Cameron defends Nicholson during PMQs

Prime Minister David Cameron Credit: ITV News Central

David Cameron has today defended Sir David Nicholson amid calls for him to resign over the Stafford Hospital scandal.

Speaking during Prime Minister's Questions, David Cameron said that the Chief Executive of the NHS, Sir David Nicholson, had 'frankly and candidly' apologised for the deaths of hundreds of patients at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust.

David Nicholson was in charge of the regional health authority at the height of failings at Stafford Hospital, which saw neglect and abuse of patients between 2005 and 2009.

Sir David Nicholson Credit: PA

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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.