Mid Staffordshire Inquiry

Mid Staffordshire Inquiry

A formal investigation into the scandal at the Mid Staffordshire Foundation trust, in which patients were left lying in soiled sheets, crying in pain, frightened and so thirsty that they drank water from flower vases. The inquiry concluded patient welfare was sacrificed to meet a 2006/2007 financial target of saving £10 million. The Board decided this saving could only be achieved by reducing staffing levels, which were already insufficient.
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Robert Francis QC, chair of the Mid Staffordshire Inquiry and author of the subsequent Francis Report, said: "The Mid Staffordshire experience has shown how vital it is to put the patient first in everything that is done - and that means provision of the training and the tools to enable patients to be properly protected.
Such tests are central to the government''''s response to the appalling findings of the Mid Staffordshire inquiry.
She said: "It is difficult at the minute for nurses following the Mid Staffordshire inquiry as it has damaged the reputation of the profession.
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