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.

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Stafford Hospital: 'General malaise' in standards

File photo dated 17/03/09 Stafford General Hospita Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Among the aggravating features of the case identified was the fact that the errors occurred amid a "general malaise" in standards and priorities at Stafford Hospital between 2004-2007, a judge has said.

"The underlying causes of the breaches and the malaise were fundamental organisational and managerial failures, which can be traced to the very top of the organisation." Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said.

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