Police Report Says No One Will Be Prosecuted Over Stafford Hospital Scandal
1 March 2016, 11:34
A Staffordshire police report says no individual will be prosecuted over the scandal at Mid Staffs NHS Trust.
Officers looked into the deaths of more than two hundred patients at the Trust, between 2005 and 2009, to work out whether there's enough evidence to bring a criminal investigation.
Hundreds of people died as a result of poor care and although the report does recognise that patients and families were severely let down, it says there isn't enough evidence to prosecute a single doctor, nurse or manager over it.
The review was set up in 2013 and led by a panel which included the South Staffordshire Coroner and the Crown Prosecution Service.
Deputy Constable Nicholas Baker Baker said "a direct result of this work" had been two successful criminal prosecutions against Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. He said without the review it was "highly unlikely" the trust would have been prosecuted for the deaths of Ivy Bunn, Lillian Tucker and Gillian Astbury.
The now defunct trust was fined £500,000 last December for "basic" blunders linked to the deaths of the three elderly women, as well as the death of 89-year-old Patrick Daly in 2014.
Stafford Hospital, which is now County Hospital, was at the centre of a £6m public inquiry into care failings. A new NHS trust was set up in 2014 to run the hospital and Royal Stoke University Hospital.