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Mid Staffs trust to be dissolved

Mid Staffordshire NHS trust, which was the centre of a massive care scandal, is to be dissolved the Health Secretary has confirmed. 

The two hospitals which make up Mid Staffs will be taken over by neighbouring trusts. 

An inquiry by Robert Francis QC reported that there were inadequate staffing levels, a lack of effective leadership and a lack of skills. 

The level of care was deemed “unacceptable” and the hospital had high mortality rates. 

Stafford Hospital and Cannock Hospital will remain open, and see 90% of current patients. 

In-patient paediatrics and major surgery will be moved to other hospitals. 

In a written statement to MPs, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “Local people suffered too much for too long under a system which ignored appalling failures of care in their local hospital. They now deserve to know that same system has learned the lessons and is guaranteeing high-quality, safe services for local people.

“The changes recommended following this independent process, supported by local doctors, will secure the safe and high quality services that the people of Stafford deserve having endured years of uncertainty and failures in care. 90% of patient visits will continue locally, with a minority of services eventually being moved to neighbouring hospitals once the local NHS is satisfied there is sufficient capacity.

“I want Stafford to be a proper district hospital that continues to meet the needs of patients nearby, including for emergency care and births.”