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Mid Staffs incident reports 'seen in manager's bin'

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Incident reports made by staff about care failings at Mid Staffordshire Hospital were allegedly seen in a manager’s bin, the public inquiry into the scandal has been told.

The claim follows revelations that more than 500 staff incident reports made about staff shortages and care failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust are currently missing, as reported by Nursing Times last month.

Nurses at Staffordshire Hospital felt there was “little point” submitting incident reports because they felt nothing would be done, according to a Royal College of Nursing steward at the trust, who gave evidence to the Mid Staffs public inquiry last week. 

Sue Adams was an RCN general steward at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust during the period when poor care was found to have led to patient deaths. She is now lead steward there.

In her statement submitted to the inquiry, she said one nurse in A&E had raised concerns with the RCN at a national level but was “severely reprimanded by the managerial staff” and eventually left the trust.

She also said she was aware of an “allegation that a housekeeper was cleaning the director of nursing’s office and found more than 200 incident reports in the bin”.

Ms Adams said: “Incident reports were also reported as having been seen in divisional manager’s office. And nurses did express that they felt that there was little point in submitting their incident reports if nothing was going to be done as a result of that.”

RCN general secretary and chief executive Peter Carter is due to give evidence at the inquiry today to face questions over the college’s role in the scandal.

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