Action against Medical Accidents - for patient safety and justice
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Stafford Hospital the opening day of the inquiry
Yesterday AvMA's CEO Peter Walsh was present at the opening day of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Inquiry, together with our legal team from Kingsley Napley, led by partner Ross Brain.
Robert Francis QC, Chairman of the Inquiry said in his opening remarks "We are all here because of the terrible standard of service inflicted on so many of the patients who went to StaffordHospital for treatment and their families. Last year in my first inquiry I sat and listened to many stories of appalling care.As I did so, the questions that went constantly through my mind were: why did none of the many organisations charged with the supervision and regulation of our hospitals detect that something so serious was going on, and why was nothing done about it? That question was one which many patients and their families and, it is fair to say, health care professionals as well wanted to be answered."