The Mid Staffs scandal
A long awaited report into one of the NHS’s biggest scandals was published in February
- By: Isobel Weinberg
On 6 February the Francis report was published. It was the outcome of a public inquiry—lasting more than two years—into one of the NHS’s biggest scandals.
The stories of patient mistreatment at Stafford Hospital have become notorious. Patients and their families reported dirty wards, a lack of nursing care, and long waits for medical attention. Patients were left lying in their soiled bed sheets because they had not been taken to the toilet, and receptionists dealt with triage in the emergency department.1
The inquiry was set up in November 2010 to examine the failure of regulators to spot poor standards of care at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. As well as patient reports of appalling conditions in the hospital, it also had 500 more deaths than would have been expected between 2005-6 and 2007-8.
Examples of neglect of patients include the story of Joan Morris, 83, who was treated