Staffordshire Hospital scandal sparks more investigations of negligence

The latest investigation and media coverage of standards at the Staffordshire Hospital NHS Trust has led to the announcement of five other hospitals which are also being investigated for medical negligence. All of these hospitals have seen a spike in the number of deaths during a certain period and has led to concerns over patients care. Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust all had an unusually high level of deaths over a two year period. Normal levels are calculated based on the age and likely disease of the local population. The Prime Minister has vowed to investigate these issues and is taking the incident very seriously, stating that the government will look to improve attitudes and remove complacency. The chairman of the hospital enquiry has already said that the conditions at the Staffordshire Hospital were “appalling and unnecessary”. He goes on to say that staff should face prosecution for failing to report incidents of below standard care. Some of his recommendations include a formalised code of conduct for senior managers and increased compassionate training for nurses. The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.  Setfords Solicitors are a national full service law firm, with personal injury and medical negligence solicitors across the country.