Health Secretary Calls for Police Inquiry into Stafford Hospital Scandal

Jeremy Hunt MPThe Secretary of State for Health has said the police should investigate the deaths of patients at Stafford Hospital.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Jeremy Hunt MP said it was “absolutely outrageous” that nobody had been “brought to book”.

Mr Hunt told the newspaper, “This was a public inquiry that was designed to help us understand why the system didn’t pick up what went wrong, but I think it is absolutely disgraceful with all those things happening, whether it is doctors, nurses or managers, nobody has been held to account.”

He said that it was not for politicians to decide whether people should be prosecuted but that evidence should be reviewed.

The findings of the 12-month public inquiry into failings at Stafford Hospital between 2005 and 2008, which cost £13m, were published on Wednesday and the report by Robert Francis QC strongly criticised hospital managers and the Department of Health.

Staffordshire Police said it was currently studying the report’s full contents.  It also said it had previously investigated two cases of misdiagnosis at the hospital but found no evidence to bring prosecutions or suggest the hospital had been negligent in its care.

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