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.
The mother of a four-month-old baby found with a dummy taped to its face at Stafford Hospital has said she was "devastated" by the news.
Dr. Hugo Mascie Taylor and Alan Bloom, from accountancy firm Ernst and Young, will head the administrators.
The consultation will last 45 days followed by a 10 week review period, before any changes can be implemented.
As health regulator Monitor announces that Mdid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust is to be put into administration, a look back at the scandals which have marred the Trust for years:
- In 2009, a highly-critical report by the Healthcare Commission revealed a catalogue of failings at the trust and said "appalling standards" put patients at risk.
- Between 400 and 1,200 more people died than would have been expected in a three-year period from 2005 to 2008, the Commission said.
- In February 2010, an independent inquiry into events at the trust found it had "routinely neglected patients".
- The was named as 'unsustainable' by an independent investigation in January.
Health regulator Monitor has appointed administrators to look at how to make services at Stafford Hospital 'sustainable'.
The board and the governor will be suspended and the administrators will take over the running of the hospital.
They will have 45 days to produce proposals which will then be open to public consultation.
The partner of Gillian Astbury, who died after slipping into a diabetic coma at the scandal-hit Stafford Hospital in 2007, told ITV News the criminal investigation into her death "has been a long-time coming".
Ron Street said what happened at the hospital was due to "several years of complacent mismanagement":
Campaign group Cure the NHS has commented on the news that the Health and Safety Executive has launched a criminal investigation into the death of a woman at scandal-hit Stafford Hospital.
Cure the NHS welcomes the announcement of a formalinvestigation into the tragic death of Gillian Astbury but we note that it hastaken six years for this to happen.
Gillian's death after nurses failed to ensure shehad vital insulin medication serves as a tragic reminder of the appalling caremany patients and their families were forced to endure...
To this day many members of Cure the NHS are saddened at the failures of the wider system to act in the interests of patients. The West Midlands SHA took no action on Ms Astbury's death between 2007 and 2010 and her incident was one of thousands left open and not properly investigated.
In a statement issued by the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, its director of quality and patient experience, Julie Hendry, said:
"I would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family of Gillian Astbury for their sad loss and apologise for the appalling care Ms Astbury received at our hospital in April 2007.
"Ms Astbury's death was reported as a serious untoward incident at the time and a full investigation into her care and treatment was carried out. The recommendations from that investigation were implemented.
"Actions included raising staff awareness about the care of diabetic patients and improving the information and system for nurse handovers."
Ms Hendry added: "In 2010 we reviewed Ms Astbury's dreadful care and, as a result, disciplinary action was taken."We will, of course, co-operate fully with the Health and Safety Executive's investigation."
An Health and Safety Executive (HSE) spokesman said:
Following legal advice, HSE deferred a decision to pursue the investigation into Gillian Astbury's death until the conclusion of the public inquiry, chaired by Robert Francis QC, into Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.
We can now confirm that our inspectors have today formally started an investigation.
Our focus will be on establishing whether there is evidence of the employer (the Trust) or individuals failing to comply with their responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act.
The report by Mr Francis highlighted "appalling and unnecessary suffering of hundreds of people" at the Trust between 2005 and 2009.
As many as 1,200 patients may have died needlessly after they were "routinely neglected" at the hospital.
Many were left lying in their own urine and excrement for days, forced to drink water from vases or given the wrong medication.
An inquest into her death found that failure to administer insulin amounted to a gross failure to provide basic care.
A criminal investigation has begun into the death of a woman at scandal-hit Stafford Hospital, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said today.
Gillian Astbury died after slipping into a diabetic coma at the hospital in 2007.
An inquest into her death found that the failure to administer insulin to the 66-year-old amounted to a gross failure to provide basic care.