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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