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Stafford Hospital inquiry into low staffing levels opens

30 June 2014 Last updated at 15:06 BST

An investigation by the Care Quality Commision has started into low staffing levels at Stafford Hospital.

The hospital called in the inspectors as it has been struggling to recruit and retain nurses after a series of high profile issues and the proposed transfer of some services to Stoke and Wolverhampton in November.

But campaigners are worried that the inquiry is a political decision to undermine attempts to keep essential service at the hospital, like maternity.

BBC Midlands Today's Michele Paduano reports.