NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson has told MPs that when he held senior posts in at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust, he was unaware of the failings happening at the trust.
He said: "I had no idea...As shocking as it is, that is the truth. It's not to say there wasn't any information around in the health care system before I got there and by other organisations. We did not, in the NHS, at that time, a culture of sharing information across the system."
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Matthew Hedges, 31, was handed his sentence on Wednesday after his third court appearance since his arrest in Dubai Airport on May 5.
The former Wales captain, who played for French team Toulouse for three years, was a victim of a homophobic assault in Cardiff last week.
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