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Debate on Mid Staffs hospital rejected

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Calls for an emergency debate to learn lessons from the hospital where 400 patients may have died due to poor care have been rejected by the House of Commons.

Last week the Healthcare Commission detailed a catalogue of failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Stafford Hospital.

This prompted Stafford’s Labour MP David Kidney to insist a debate was needed to learn from the case, but Deputy Speaker Sir Michael Lord said it did not meet the criteria laid down under Commons rules.

However, Mr Kidney argued that since the report was published there `have been further accounts to me and others of poor care at the hospital`.

He added: `Given that the commission’s report says that improvements have been made it is really important to do everything possible to reinforce this statement straightaway.`

As well as a debate he has called for a review to be expanded to cover all parts of the hospital and not just emergency care, which was highlighted by the report as being particularly bad.

However, Sir Michael replied: `I’m afraid I do not consider the matter which you have raised is appropriate for discussion under the standing order.`

Since the report was published both the Prime Minister and Health Secretary Alan Johnson have apologised for the failings.

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