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Deficient provision of food and water at Mid Staffs, inquiry found

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“Unacceptable standards of care as a result of systemic failings” led to deficient provision of food and water to patients at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust, the independent inquiry has found.

In the report, Robert Francis QC said about half of patients and their families who gave oral evidence to the inquiry gave accounts of difficulties obtaining food and drink.

These included the provision of inappropriate food, failure to provide a meal, patients not encouraged to eat, relatives denied access at mealtimes and visitors prevented from helping feeding.

The inquiry was also told of water not being available at the bedside, drips not being monitored adequately and records of fluid balance not being appropriately maintained.

The report said: ” The deficiencies observed in the evidence were not confined to one ward or period. Frequently the explanation appears to have been a lack of staff, but sometimes staff were present but lacked a sufficiently caring attitude.

“There was evidence of unacceptable standards of care as a result of systemic failings. What has been shown is more than can be explained by the personal failings of a few members of staff.”

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  • Mid Staffs is not unique, there are many more areas around with similar problems, when care is prevented by a macho-management culture of 'performance and outputs'.
    This is not just in Acute hospitals but also in Mental Health settings, where basics are overlooked frquently due to the high volume of Bank and Agency staff who are used to plug so many gaps.
    E.g 1 trained nurse on a 6 bed PICU with a bank support worker.....yes it does happen..!!!

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