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Mid Staffs accepts case referral to Crown Court

Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Gillian Astbury and we apologise for the dreadful care Ms Astbury received at Stafford Hospital in April 2007.

We have been very open and candid and have cooperated fully with the Health and Safety Executive throughout its investigation.

The Trust offered no defence to the charge which the Health and Safety Executive brought against it today and accepts the court's decision to refer the case to the Crown Court.

Although of little consideration to Ms Astbury's family, we can assure them that we have done everything we can to put right those things which went so very wrong in 2007 and that the standard of care now provided at the hospital has improved considerably over the last few years, as has been recognised by many independent organisations and individuals.

– Maggie Oldham, chief executive at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust


Stafford Hospital guilty of neglect in woman's death

The health trust which runs Stafford Hospital has pleaded guilty to breaching safety laws over the death of a diabetic patient.

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust admitted failing to ensure the safety of 66-year-old Gillian Astbury, who was not given insulin and lapsed into a diabetic coma.

Stafford Hospital has pleaded guilty to safety breaches in court today Credit: PA

The criminal prosecution was brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) three years after an inquest jury ruled Mrs Astbury, from Hednesford, died due to neglect.

The inquest found low staffing levels and a systemic failure to provide adequate nursing facilities were both contributory factors.

Staff failed to give Mrs Astbury insulin, amounting to a "gross failure" to provide basic care, the jury ruled.

She had been admitted in April 2007 for treatment for fractures to her arm and pelvis.

Proceedings against Mid Staffordshire NHS over patient death to begin

Gillian Astbury died in 2007 after entering a diabetic coma Credit: Anthony Collins Solicitors/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The prosecution proceedings of Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust are due to begin today after an inquest revealed a 66-year-old woman died due to neglect.

Gillian Astbury died at Stafford Hospital in 2007 after entering a diabetic coma.

Two nurses were found guilty of misconduct. The trust apologised for what they called "appalling care".


GMC chief understands people feel 'badly let down'

Niall Dickson, the General Medical Council's chief executive, said he understood people felt "badly let down" over the fact few have been punished for the failings in basic levels of care which were uncovered at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust.

Robert Francis QC found a focus on financial performance over adequate staffing was a significant factor in the poor care at the hospital.

Despite what the Francis report described as the "appalling and unnecessary suffering of hundreds of people" and a higher than expected death rate among patients, only a handful of clinicians have faced a professional standards board over their roles.

No further action against four Mid Staffs doctors

There will be no further action against four doctors who held management positions at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust.

The General Medical Council said it was closing the cases after receiving legal advice there was "no realistic prospect of securing a finding against these doctors on the allegations made".

Second inquest into death of man at Stafford Hospital

The parents of a man who died after a blunder at Stafford Hospital have been told there will now be a second inquest into his death.

John Moore-Robinson died in 2006 after a doctor failed to spot he had a ruptured spleen following a bike accident.

An initial inquest recorded a narrative verdict, meaning no one was held responsible for his death.

His parents say not all the evidence has been heard.

Phil Brewster reports.

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