No doubt some will see this as vindication of the claim that this health trust was responsible for hundreds of deaths. It isn’t.

Fellow blogger Steve Walker investigated the claims very carefully and reported that, rather than causing a huge number of fatalities, the trust could be blamed for “one excess death, if that“.

I await claims that this result shows the real death toll was “a shocking four times as high” – or some such hysteria. It’s not the 400-1,200 we were led to expect, though.

Make no mistake – it is a tragedy that four deaths happened when they could have been prevented.

But let’s not blow this out of proportion, please.

The NHS trust that ran Stafford hospital has pleaded guilty to “very significant” health and safety breaches connected to the deaths of four elderly patients in its care.

Stafford magistrates court heard that three of the deaths occurred after falls, while another patient died after being given penicillin, despite hospital staff being told she was allergic to the antibiotic.

Mid Staffordshire NHS foundation trust, which no longer operates medical services, pleaded guilty to four offences through its solicitor and will be sentenced at Stafford crown court.

The Mid Staffordshire trust, which was replaced by new governance structures in November last year, was at the centre of an independent investigation and a public inquiry into “appalling” levels of care between 2005 and 2009.


Source: Mid Staffs NHS trust admits ‘very significant’ breaches over patient deaths | Society | The Guardian

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