Health secretary expected to publish response to Francis Report

Jeremy Hunt Credit: PA

The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, is today expected to publish his formal response to the Francis Report, which found as many as 1,200 people could have died needlessly as a result of maltreatment and neglect at Stafford Hospital.

The report found that the elderly and vulnerable were left unwashed, unfed and without fluids as the trust chased targets and focused on finances.

The Francis Report was made public in February this year.

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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.