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'Appalling' NHS hospital to lead to increase in private medical cover?

Published on 01/11/2010
People in Staffordshire may be tempted to take out private medical cover after an NHS trust in the area was forced to pay out hundreds and thousands of pounds of compensation.

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust will make the payouts to relatives of patients who died at Stafford Hospital as a result of neglect.

It follows an investigation into the scandal-hit hospital in which the standard of care was labelled "appalling".

The Care Quality Commission found that between 400 and 1,200 more people died than would have been expected at the hospital between 2005 and 2008.

Nearly 100 relatives and patients are to receive compensation sums ranging from £1,000 to £27,500 with an average settlement of around £11,000.

"As always, I offer our sincerest apologies to the families concerned for the distress caused by the poor care their relatives received at our trust in the past," the chief executive, Antony Sumara, said.

"We have made a lot of progress over the last year in improving the care for our patients. We will continue to focus our efforts on building on these improvements and making sure that they are sustained."

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, which also runs Cannock Chase Hospital, serves around 300,000 people in the region.
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