(File photo 2010) Stafford Hospital
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Stafford Hospital - what went wrong?

The £13m public inquiry into the failings at Stafford Hospital, which may have contributed to the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of patients in the hospital's care between 2005 and 2009, is to publish its findings on Wednesday.

The inquiry, which was set up after a Healthcare Commission report in 2009 found "appalling standards" of care, looked at why regulators and external bodies failed to spot there was a problem.

Susan Watts reports on why the culture was especially bad at Stafford General Hospital, who will accept responsibility and whether anything like it could ever happen again.

The head of the NHS, Sir David Nicholson, was invited on to Newsnight to respond to its report, but he did not want to speak ahead of the report's publication on Wednesday.

Newsnight's Susan Watts reports.

  • 05 Feb 2013
  • From the section Health