NHS chief Sir David Nicholson has said he visited wards at Stafford Hospital during the period when the abuse outlined in the Francis report was taking place, but that he didn't notice anything of concern.
At the time, Sir David was in charge of the strategic health authority, overseeing the setting of targets for the Mid Staffs NHS Trust. He spoke to ITV News presenter Mark Austin:
A public inquiry has blamed a failure 'at every level' of the NHS for the abuses at Stafford Hospital that resulted in hundreds of deaths.
The chair of the inquiry into Mid Staffordshire NHS made 290 recommendations to prevent the 'disaster' of Stafford Hospital occurring again.
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.