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Families of Stafford Hospital patients to sue NHS

Published on 04/03/2010
NHS managers are to be sued for corporate manslaughter by the relatives of some of those who lost their lives while in the supposed care of Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust staff.

Last month, it was revealed that as many as 1,200 patients had died at Stafford Hospital between 2005 and 2008, with many deaths blamed on poor standards and care.

Now, the Telegraph reports that senior managers are to be sued by former patients and families of those who lost their lives at the hospital after it emerged that none had faced disciplinary action.

Cure The NHS Campaign, which was founded in the wake of the scandal, announced that it will be taking action.

Speaking to the newspaper, Julie Bailey, whose mother died at Stafford Hospital, said that board members such as former chief executive Martin Yeates and chair Toni Brisbi needed to be "brought to account".

"What they did in our eyes is tantamount to corporate manslaughter and Cure The NHS is looking at bringing a private civil case against the managers for just that," she was quoted as saying.

Commenting after the publication of the inquiry into the trust, new chairman Sir Stephen Moss said that the findings came as little surprise as the evidence presented "was clear and truthful about what the hospital was like".
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