The worry is that with the combination of huge government spending cuts andthe massive changes happening throughout the health service – where privatecompanies are increasingly likely to be the ones providing services in pursuitof profit – we risk recreating the very conditions and lack of accountability thatallowed the Mid Staffordshire tragedy to go unnoticed for so many years.
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.