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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.
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.
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.
An NHS Trust in charge of Stafford Hospital has been fined £200,000 at Stafford Crown Court for failings in care which caused the death of a diabetic patient in 2007.
Jeremy Hunt MP has agreed to dissolve the scandal-hit Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.
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.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has agreed to dissolve the scandal-hit Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and move key services to neighbouring hospitals.
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 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.
CTNHS will not be making a statement about Mid Staffs 2day, for our own safety. We will support any decision that promotes patient safety
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will be making a written statement in the House of Commons later to announce his decision on if the scandal-hit Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust should be dissolved.