The number of nurses employed at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust is still not high enough, the head of the independent inquiry into failings at the trust has warned.
Robert Francis QC said he was disappointed the trust had not yet brought nurse numbers up to recommended levels.
But he said it was hard for a trust to recruit in these circumstances.
He said: “There are significant difficulties on the recruitment of nurses, particularly at a hospital under this degree of scrutiny.”
But the trust said it had significantly increased numbers since the inquiry completed its evidence gathering and now had only 10 vacancies. The chair Sir Stephen Moss said he was very pleased with the progress it had made.