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Poor care 'still haunts campaigner'


The Prime Minister's speech to Parliament on the Mid Staffs Public Inquiry included the line: “There were patients so desperate for water that they were drinking from dirty flower vases.” For the record, there was no mention of vases in Robert Francis's Public Inquiry report. Also for the record, there was a mention of vases in Robert Francis’s first Independent Inquiry report in 2010. The mention was thus: “As it happened I did not hear any direct evidence about any incident involving vases. Such an incident is not directly reported in the Healthcare Commission report. I am therefore unable to express a conclusion about whether this occurred or not.”

Posted date

24 May, 2013

Posted time

3:28 pm