Two senior nurses from Stafford Hospital have been struck off after a tribunal found their fitness to practice was "impaired".
Managers at Stafford Hospital accept that there were problems on some of the wards. But they say it's now one of the best in the country.
Relatives of patients who died at Stafford Hospital have been speaking out about the appalling standards of care they received on the wards.
Tracy White is one of two nurses at scandal-hit Stafford Hospital that have been struck of the nursing register today, after being found guilty of misconduct.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council ruled that Ms White's fitness to practice was impaired after she refused to help a senior nurse undress an elderly patient and called her a "naughty little monkey" for not taking drugs to treat constipation.
It also found that in relation to a patient who had attended A&E following a termination, Ms White said words to the effect of: "she can wait, if you can do that to your baby".
Between July 2000 and July 2010, the nurse also inaccurately recorded patient discharge times from A&E, and ordered other colleagues to follow her example, the panel found.
In February 2013, a public inquiry found that failings at Stafford Hospital contributed to the deaths of hundreds of patients.
Its chair, Robert Francis QC, said there had been a "failure of the NHS system at every level" and made 290 recommendations in his 1,782 page report.
The report strongly criticised local health authorities and the trust board, but it did not blame any one individual or organisation.
Accident and emergency nurse Sharon Turner has been struck off after a Nursing and Midwifery Council tribunal was found her fitness to practice was "impaired".
In addition to using foul language about patients and falsifying waiting time data, she also threatened to make a colleague's life "hell", and made racially-motivated comments about doctors, the nursing regulator ruled.
– Nursing and Midwifery Council
The panel found that the facts found proved re both [Sharon] Turner and [Tracey] White constituted misconduct and that their fitness to practice was impaired at the time of their misconduct and that it remains currently impaired.
Two nurses from Stafford Hospital have been struck off after a Nursing and Midwifery Council tribunal, the nursing regulator has confirmed.
It ruled that the fitness to practice of accident and emergency nurse Sharon Turner was "impaired" after she falsified waiting time data and used foul language about patients.
The nursing regulator also found that the fitness to practise of another A&E nurse, Tracey White, is impaired.
It ruled Ms White refused to help a senior nurse undress an elderly patient and called her a "naughty little monkey" for not taking drugs to treat constipation.
She is also accused of inaccurately recording patient discharge times.
Some healthcare assistants are doing jobs which should be done by doctors or nurses without formal training, a review into the profession has found. A review into the profession, initiated after the Stafford Hospital scandal, said the responsibilities of care assistants has become confused:
Healthcare assistants have no compulsory or consistent training, and a profusion of job titles.
Some HCAs are now doing jobs that used to be the preserve of nurses, even doctors.
The review met a group of healthcare assistants from a busy A&E who are inserting IV drips, taking blood and plastering. Yet they are paid at three levels below a newly qualified nurse.
The government will consider proposals which would punish senior NHS managers with criminal sanctions if they ignore concerns raised by whistleblowers
Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter has told Daybreak that the coaltion is looking to introducing a "new culture of openness" in the NHS to prevent poor quality care.
The Royal College of Nursing is calling on the government to extend whistleblowing legislation to student nurses.
The union claims that the current Public Interest Disclosure Act doesn't cover training nurses who raise concerns about patient care.
The government said it would consider the proposal, as it seeks to implement some of the recommendations made in the public inquiry into the poor standards of care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.
Speaking to ITV News, Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing said sometime things will go wrong in the NHS. But it was important to create a culture where it can be put right.
One campaigner involved in the march held to save Stafford Hospital says people should look at Stafford Hospital now, not to the past.