The victims of Stafford Hospital

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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'Campaign for justice for Mid Staffs families vindicated'

After two senior nurses from Stafford Hospital were struck off after being found guilty of misconduct, the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, tweeted:

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Long campaign for justice for Mid Staffs families vindicated today with 2 nurses struck off. Important for majority of brilliant nurses too.

NHS trust to consider decision to strike off nurse

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust has said it will consider the decision of the nursing regulator to strike off a nurse - who is still employed by the trust.

Tracey White is still employed by the Trust and has been working as a clinical site manager.

We will now take time to give careful consideration to the Nursing and Midwifery Council panel's decision.

– Maggie Oldham, chief executive at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

Nurse refused to help undress an elderly patient

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.

The nurse worked in the accident and emergency department of Stafford Hospital.

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.

Read more: Stafford nurses struck off

History of 'serious failings' at Stafford Hospital

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.

Robert Francis QC's report on the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Credit: Press Association

The report strongly criticised local health authorities and the trust board, but it did not blame any one individual or organisation.

Read: Key recommendations of NHS Mid Staffordshire public inquiry

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Stafford nurse 'used foul language about patients'

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.

Two nurses from Stafford Hospital struck off

Stafford Hospital has been at the centre of a scandal over poor care of patients.

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.

Healthcare assistants 'doing job of medical staff'

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.

Read: Mid Staffs NHS Trust apologises for 'appalling care'

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