NHS Trust fined £200,000 for basic failings in patient death

The NHS Trust which runs Stafford Hospital has been fined £200,000 after admitting basic failings in care which led to the death of patient in 2007.

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Statement from Mid Staffs Trust following £200k fine

The trust which runs Stafford hospital have released a statement following the £200,000 fine they were issued for the failures in care which led to the death of a diabetic patient.

Gillian Astbury died in 2007 after nurses failed to give her insulin.

Jeff Crawshaw, Deputy Chief Executive of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation said:

On behalf of the Trust, I want to again express our deepest and most sincere apologies to Mrs Astbury’s family for the unacceptable care she received

at Stafford Hospital in 2007. Today marks the final stage in what has been a thorough and long running investigation into the failings which led to her tragic death...

From the very beginning, we have acknowledged the failings in Mrs Astbury’s care, and we have never shied away from our responsibility for what happened to

her. It has been recognised by all sides in this distressing case that our Trust is a very different and much better organisation now than it was when this tragedy occurred.

– Jeff Crawshaw, Deputy Chief Executive of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation

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Stafford Hospital: 'General malaise' in standards

File photo dated 17/03/09 Stafford General Hospita Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Among the aggravating features of the case identified was the fact that the errors occurred amid a "general malaise" in standards and priorities at Stafford Hospital between 2004-2007, a judge has said.

"The underlying causes of the breaches and the malaise were fundamental organisational and managerial failures, which can be traced to the very top of the organisation." Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said.

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'Effectively broken' Stafford NHS Trust caused death

A judge sitting at Stafford Crown Court said the death of Gillian Astbury, who was not given insulin despite being diabetic, had been caused by an "effectively broken" system for hand-overs between staff and poor record-keeping.

Passing sentence on the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, High Court judge Mr Justice Haddon-Cave described the 66-year-old's death as tragic and wholly avoidable.

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