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All Stafford Hospital claims accepted

£1m in compensation for Stafford families

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17 November 2010

Following further meetings with Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust Frances Swaine and her team including solicitor Emma Jones, have achieved a settlement on behalf of clients whose family members experienced ill-treatment at Stafford Hospital.  The claims were all argued under the Human Rights Act and alleged that the poor treatment that the mostly elderly people received at Stafford Hospital directly caused, or hastened their deaths, or hastened their deaths through gross and degrading treatment.

Leigh Day lawyers have settled 97 individual claims.

In March 2009, the Healthcare Commission published a horrifying report into the care and treatment being provided at Stafford Hospital. It was estimated that between 400 to 1200 people had died unnecessarily between 2005 and 2008 due to the “appalling” standards of care provided at the Hospital and detailed many stories of patient abuse and neglect.

Significant amounts of compensation were achieved for families and each of our clients will also receive an apology from the new chief executive of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust.

Emma Jones said of the claims:

“These claims were about basic neglect; food and drink placed out of reach, buzzers unanswered and people left for extended periods of time after soiling themselves.  For the families it was never about money, but more a recognition that their relatives should never have been left to suffer in this degrading way.”

For more information about a potential claim please contact Emma Jones on 020 7650 1200.

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