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Police to examine Francis report for evidence

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Staffordshire Police has announced plans to review evidence from the Francis report “to identify whether there is any potential for criminal charges” in the wake of care failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust.

Following the publication of the Francis report on 6 February police have come under pressure to investigate poor care at the trust, including from health secretary Jeremy Hunt who said the evidence should be reviewed.

Today, Staffordshire assistant chief constable Nick Baker met with the Crown Prosecution Service and the Office of the Police Crime Commissioner where the issue was discussed.

Following the meeting Mr Baker said: “Staffordshire Police will be reviewing information brought to light by the Francis Inquiry in order to identify whether there is any potential for criminal charges.

“To assist us with this task we shall be obtaining advice from specialist prosecutors from the Crown Prosecution Service.”

He added: “This [Francis] is a very substantial report which we will link into what is already known by previous police investigations, to see if there are any additional investigative enquiries that are required.

“This will need to be a thorough, carefully considered process and will inevitably take some time. Throughout this process we will be contacting the appropriate patients’ representatives.”

Maggie Oldham, deputy chief executive at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust, said this afternoon: “We are sorry about the events of the past and sadly, we cannot undo them or the harm that some of our patients and their relatives suffered as a result of terrible care when they were at their most vulnerable. However it is not representative of the care patients receive at Stafford Hospital today.

“We will of course co-operate fully with any police investigation.”

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  • Tinkerbell

    Yes!

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  • Susan Markham

    Ooops - I sense this is going to be another Stepping Hill type of jobbie. Anyone remember Rebecca Leighton's story?

    I found the statement made by Staffordshire assistant chief constable Nick Baker "This [Francis] is a very substantial report which we will link into what is already known by previous police investigations, to see if there are any additional investigative enquiries that are required" to be slightly chilling...

    What "previous police investigations" are they talking about? As far as I know there hasn't been a police investigation held at Mid Staffs before so what could that mean?

    Perhaps they are going to look for investigations that have been held about staff members that are not related to the hospital at all.

    Perhaps you've incurred a speeding ticket, been cautioned as a youth, been prosecuted for shoplifting, been burgled and called the police or had any interaction with the police that ends up on their central computer database you could be a prime suspect for killing patients.

    It would be a great way to fish for scapegoats!

    I also presume that the police investigations will not simply be restricted to Doctors, Nurses and HCAs - I hope they will be investigating ALL the people who work in the Trust... CEOs, Nursing Directors, pharmacists, cleaning staff and every last person who ever worked in that place... top to bottom!

    I also hope they investigate how many incident report forms were "binned/ignored" by members of the senior nursing administration.

    Nahhhhh.... of course they won't. It's a witch hunt with the sole purpose to crucify a few nurses so that Jeremy Hunt ends up looking good.

    It doesn't matter if the accused are guilty or not... just so the Frankenstein's monster baying mob sees some blood being shed... all will be well.

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  • Police to examine Francis report for evidence.

    Good. The patients and their families deserve this.

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  • Apparently two doctors were previously investigated for bad medical decisions. No criminal proceedings were taken against them.

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  • Sir David Nicholson, the head of the NHS should resign for presiding over the ‘appalling care’ that led to at least 1,200 patient deaths at Stafford Hospital
    Sign the petition

    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/45576

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  • Gary Musgrove

    Why does the British way of life have to be so "revenge" related ??? Yes I agree the whole issue should never had occurred in the first place but it did and the outcome was the Francis report. Whats happened to the "no blame" culture the NHS says it promotes ?? I don't think more public money needs to be wasted by the police re-investigating what has already been investigated and reported upon. Can we not just LEARN from the errors identified in the Francis report and use this public money to implement the recommendations rather than police work. Jeremy Hunt needs to look in his own "back yard" and sort his own department out before he points his finger at nurses and doctors despite all the excellent work we do. As for his "whistle blower gag rule" again he needs to check his own departments as time and time again some kind of wrong doing is reported that our government has done and "HIDDEN".
    Come on NHS lets just get on with rebuilding bridges with our users and improve on what we already do.

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  • nicholson should be jailed

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  • michael stone

    I don’t have time to work out where it was, but some people were discussing how Mid Staffs might lead to prosecutions.

    According to today’s Daily Telegraph – which says the HSE ‘held fire’ during the Francis inquiry:


    MANAGERS and staff involved in the Mid Staffordshire hospital scandal could face prosecution under health and safety laws, The Daily Telegraph has learnt.
    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is considering carrying out an investigation into the death of Gillian Astbury, 66, who died at Stafford Hospital in 2007.
    The executive has the power to bring criminal prosecutions under the Health and Safety at Work Act, which makes employers liable for harm suffered by members of the public. Convictions can be punishable by unlimited fines or up to two years in jail.

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  • Tinkerbell

    Gary Musgrove | 16-Feb-2013 12:18 pm

    Should this apply to all criminals? What one man calls revenge another calls justice.

    Regardless of status or rank in the NHS they should be held to account for their omissions and commisions.

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  • michael stone

    I gather that the Health Secretary has used one of my favourite phrases somewhere ('opennness and transparency') but I'm not certain where: possibly in a letter to Trusts, which has not yet found its way into the papers.

    I find it unsettling, that Hunt and I seem to be in agreement: that is a very unusual !

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