'Effectively broken' Stafford NHS Trust caused death

A judge sitting at Stafford Crown Court said the death of Gillian Astbury, who was not given insulin despite being diabetic, had been caused by an "effectively broken" system for hand-overs between staff and poor record-keeping.

Passing sentence on the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, High Court judge Mr Justice Haddon-Cave described the 66-year-old's death as tragic and wholly avoidable.

More: NHS Trust running Stafford Hospital fined £200,000

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NHS Trust fined £200,000 for basic failings in patient death

The NHS Trust which runs Stafford Hospital has been fined £200,000 after admitting basic failings in care which led to the death of patient in 2007.