The Chief Executive of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, Lyn Hill-Tout, has issued a statement following the publication of the report into "failings" at the hospital.

We apologise unreservedly that the Board at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust and individuals working for the Trust failed in their primary responsibility to keep all patients safe and to care for patients with the compassion and dignity they deserved. The report is rightly damning of Mid Staffs at that time. We have learnt the hard way. We have learnt from that experience and, through listening to the inquiry witnesses, our patients, staff and local community, we try every day to continue to improve the care we provide to our patients.

Lyn Hill-Tout also thanked Mr Francis, who chaired the inquiry, as well as the patients and families who were involved.

Stafford Hospital's Chief Executive talking to ITV News earlier today: