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Staffordshire patients win Public Inquiry

The Secretary of State for Health has confirmed to hold an independent public inquiry

Cure the NHS team

21 July 2009

The Secretary of State for Health has today confirmed to Leigh Day & Co that he will hold an independent public inquiry into the tragic and “appalling standards of care” found at Stafford Hospital which it is believed may have led to as many as 1200 unnecessary deaths.

Leigh Day & Co has been writing to the Secretary of State, on behalf of Julie Bailey and Christine Dalziel of Cure the NHS with the reasons why a public inquiry had to be held and why his refusal (until today) to hold one was unlawful. A copy of the Secretary of State's letter can found at this link.

Richard Stein, partner with conduct of the case stated: “We are delighted the new Secretary of State has recognised the need for a public inquiry. Our clients and others who have suffered from the appalling standards of care at the Hospital need to know exactly how and why such standards were allowed to develop and continue for so long.

We must learn from the mistakes at the Hospital to ensure that such tragedies do not happen again. This inquiry needs to consider why, despite the fact various regulatory bodies were aware of problems at the Hospital from as early as 2007 all failed to take any swift action. It is also of national importance to ascertain whether the pursuit of Foundation Trust status and NHS targets encouraged the Trust to prioritise financial management over patient care.”

Leigh Day & Co and their clients wish to thank the Legal Services Commission for their support of this case. Without their funding, this victory would not have been possible.

For more information please contact Rosa Curling on 020 7650 1200.

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