Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Safer in Afghanistan, Iraq or Stafford?
Stafford Hospital has killed more people in the last few years than have died in military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and 9/11 put together. Between 400 and 1200 more patients than would be expected died between 2005 and 2008. Public money has been spent on a private inquiry which has not discovered any more than was already common knowledge among relatives of patients. Successive interviewees paint an appalling picture of neglect, incompetence, carelessness, poor hygiene, lack of compassion and bad medical practice.
Chief executive Martin Yeates who was paid an annual salary of £180,000 and will receive £1m in pension payments was apparently too unwell to attend the private inquiry.
He had been suspended on full pay of more than £3,000 a week pending the outcome of the inquiry.
Relatives of affected patients are demanding a public inquiry.