Trust admits failings over death

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust has pleaded guilty to breaches of health and safety connected to the death of diabetic patient Gillian Astbury in 2007. The 66-year-old died iafter she was not given insulin as an in-patient at Stafford Hospital

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Patient's friend: Individuals 'not held to account'

Ron Street, a friend of Gillian Astbury's, has said: "Today’s acknowledgement of guilt by the Trust does little by way of justice against those individuals who permitted such unsafe practices for so long".

"Senior members of the [Mid Staffordshire NHS] Trust Board, who were responsible for implementing this system of unsafe work at the hospital whilst Gillian was in their care, have never been held to account"

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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

Mid Staffs 'very sorry' for family's pain and loss

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, who pleaded guilty to safety breaches connected to the death of diabetic patient Gillian Astbury, said her case was "exceptional" and many of the details are "unique".

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust has apologised in a statement. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A statement said they were "very sorry for the loss and the pain and distress it caused" to the family and friends of Mrs Astbury.

"Any penalty in this case is not going to touch on the people responsible" as they have all left Mid Staffs, the NHS Trust said.

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Mid Staffs Trust pleads guilty to safety breaches

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust has pleaded guilty at Stafford Magistrates' Court today to safety breaches connected to the death of diabetic patient Gillian Astbury.

Mrs Astbury, 66, died in April 2007 after she was not given insulin while an in-patient at Stafford Hospital.

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

The Trust pleaded guilty through its barrister to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act by failing to properly manage and organise hospital services, including its systems for record-keeping, patient information and communication between staff members.

NHS trust in court over diabetic patient's death

A scandal-hit NHS trust will appear in court today charged with safety breaches connected to the death of a diabetic patient.

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust is being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) over the death of Gillian Astbury.

Gillian Astbury died after she was not given insulin while an in-patient at Stafford Hospital. Credit: Anthony Collins Solicitors/PA Wire

Mrs Astbury died on April 11, 2007 - at the age of 66 - after she was not given insulin while an in-patient at Stafford Hospital.

The HSE announced in August that criminal proceedings were being launched against the Mid Staffordshire trust, which went into administration in April.

The trust is alleged to have breached its duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act by failing to devise, implement or properly manage structured and effective systems of communication for sharing patient information.

The first hearing in the case will be held at Stafford Magistrates' Court.

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