Hunt ‘urges police to probe NHS Stafford scandal’

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is reported to have called on the police to investigate the hundreds of deaths attributed to the Mid Staffordshire hospital trust.

The Francis report into failings at Stafford Hospital, published on Wednesday, called for urgent reform of the NHS.

Jeremy Hunt has spoken out following a public inquiry. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Hunt told the Daily Telegraph: “This was a public inquiry designed to help us understand why the system didn’t pick up what went wrong but I think it is absolutely disgraceful with all those things happening, whether it is doctors, nurses or managers, nobody has been held to account.”

Asked whether the findings should be handed to the police, he added: “It’s there for the police – and it’s there for the professional bodies, the General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council, to look at and they should do that.”