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Relatives of patients who died at Stafford Hospital have been speaking out about the appalling standards of care they received on the wards.

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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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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

Read: Mid Staffs Trust fined £200,000 over death of diabetic patient

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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.

More: NHS Trust running Stafford Hospital fined £200,000

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Review to be carried out into maternity services at Mid Staffs

Jeremy Hunt MP has agreed to dissolve the scandal-hit Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust is to be dissolved Credit: ITV News Central

Under today's announcement, Stafford Hospital could still retain consultant-led maternity services after the Health Secretary agreed for NHS England to carry out a review into the issue.

The original plan from administrators had been for maternity services to close. However, this was later amended to the creation of a midwife-led unit. Mr Hunt has now agreed for a review of that decision.

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Concerns for Stafford Hospital elderly and obstetrics

Sue Hawkins, of the campaign group Support Stafford Hospital, said they expected that Jeremy Hunt "probably will" dissolve the trust.

She said they hoped that Mr Hunt would reflect some of their concerns in his announcement.

She told BBC Breakfast the concern was primarily over obstetrics.

A simple birth can change to needing a Caesarean section very quickly. Are those patients going to make it in time 18 miles up the road?

Infrastructure - the M6 - often accidents, often shut, Stafford has got a very poor network of roads. We get gridlocked very easily. We are seriously concerned about safety.

She said 50,000 people had marched in a small town of only around 60,000 - although the surrounding area is bigger - showing their support for retaining these acute services.

"Treatment would obviously move to neighbouring trusts but we have a very high proportion of elderly. What is going to happen?"

Campaigner will not comment on Mid Staffs ruling

Campaigner Julie Bailey, whose mother died at Stafford Hospital, has said that she will not be making a statement today, despite the Health Secretary preparing to announce his decision on the future of the scandal hit NHS Trust.

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CTNHS will not be making a statement about Mid Staffs 2day, for our own safety. We will support any decision that promotes patient safety

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Ruling on future of Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust due

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is due to announce his decision on whether the scandal-hit Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust should be dissolved.

Mid Staffordshire was the focus of one of the biggest scandals in the history of the NHS. Credit: PA Wire

Mid Staffordshire was the focus of one of the biggest scandals in the history of the NHS when hundreds more people died than would normally be expected.

The Francis Inquiry last year found examples of "appalling and unnecessary suffering of hundreds of people", with some left lying in their own faeces for days and drinking from vases.

Administrators have previously deemed the trust financially "unsustainable", claiming it would face annual debts of more than £40 million by 2017 without changes.

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