Stafford Hospital timeline

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The trust that runs Stafford Hospital is to be broken up and key services moved to neighbouring hospitals.

The decision was announced by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who said the changes would "secure the safe and high-quality services" that the people of Stafford deserved.

The Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust has been in administration since April 2013 after being criticised by a public inquiry for the "suffering of hundreds of people" in its care.

  • 26 February 2014

    Final decision

    Supporters with posters
    Trust to be dissolved
    Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust is to be broken up and key services moved to neighbouring hospitals. The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the move would secure "the safe and high quality services that the people of Stafford deserve". Stafford and Cannock hospitals will continue to operate but will be run by different trusts. Read the full story
  • 28 January 2014

    Nurse "struck off"

    Supporters with posters
    Nursing ban
    The most senior nurse to be disciplined as part of the Stafford Hospital scandal is to be struck off the nursing register. Janice Harry, who was director of nursing, had been given a five year caution for failings in her role. Harry, now retired, reached an agreement with the nurses watchdog the NMC to be taken off its register.Read the full story
  • 16 January 2014

    Plans approved

    Supporters with posters
    Trust plans approved
    Plans to dissolve the trust that runs Stafford Hospital are approved by the health watchdog, Monitor. Under the proposals, control of Stafford Hospital will go to University Hospital of North Staffordshire (UHNS) and Cannock Hospital will be run by Royal Wolverhampton Trust. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will make the final decision. Read the full story
  • 30 December 2013

    Campaigners honoured

    Supporters with posters
    New Year honours
    Two women who led the fight against one of the most shocking failings in NHS history have been recognised in the New Year honours list. Julie Bailey, who set up a campaign group after witnessing her mother's treatment, was made a CBE. Helene Donnelly, a nurse who became a whistleblower, was made an OBE. Read the full story
  • 18 December 2013

    Report published

    Supporters with posters
    Trust to be dissolved
    A final report published by the administrators recommends Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust should be dissolved. Control of Stafford Hospital will go to University Hospital of North Staffordshire and Cannock Hospital will be run by Royal Wolverhampton Trust. The secretary of state is due to make a final decision in the new year. Read the full story
  • 21 October 2013

    More time for report

    Supporters with posters
    More time for report
    Administrators running Stafford Hospital have been given more time by the health regulator to submit a report on the future funding of services. Read the full story
  • 31 July 2013

    Administrators' report

    Administrators' report
    Administrators recommend an end to Trust
    Administrators recommend that the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust should be dissolved. Critical care, maternity and paediatric services should also be cut. A full report is to be put together for health watchdog Monitor. Read the full story
  • 30 July 2013

    Nurses chief leaves

    Nurses chief leaves
    Director of nursing to leave post
    It's announced that the director of nursing at Stafford Hospital is to leave and take up a similar role at another hospital trust. Colin Ovington was recruited in 2010 to help improve quality of care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. Read the full story
  • 30 July 2013

    Diabetes death

    Diabetes death
    Nurses failed to help diabetic
    The Nursing and Midwifery Council finds Ann King and Jeannette Coulson guilty of misconduct after they failed to read the notes of Gillian Astbury and spot that she was diabetic. The nurses failed to carry out blood-sugar level tests on Ms Astbury or give her insulin. Read the full story
  • 25 July 2013

    False records

    False waiting times
    Nurses struck off register
    Two Stafford Hospital nurses who falsified A&E discharge times are struck off the nursing register. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) panel found that Tracey-Ann White and Sharon Turner had brought their profession into serious disrepute. Read the full story
  • 24 July 2013

    Chief nurse

    Chief nurse
    Chief nurse faces disciplinary hearing
    A former chief nurse at Stafford Hospital has admitted she could be "intense" with staff. At a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) disciplinary hearing, Janice Harry denied bullying colleagues. Read the full story
  • 18 July 2013

    Inquiry costs

    Inquiry costs
    Cost of government evidence revealed
    It is revealed the government spent £6m on submitting evidence to the Francis inquiry into Stafford Hospital failings, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has revealed. Read the full story
  • 8 July 2013

    Petition

    Petition
    MP delivers petition
    A Save Stafford Hospital petition containing 50,000 signatures is presented to the government. Campaigners from Support Stafford Hospital handed the petition to Conservative MP for Stafford Jeremy Lefroy earlier. Read the full story
  • 19 June 2013

    Plans delayed

    More time
    Extra time for service plan
    Administrators running Stafford Hospital are given more time to plan the future of its services. Health regulator Monitor grants the Trust Special Administrators (TSA) an extra 30 days. Read the full story
  • 10 June 2013

    Police investigation

    Police investigation
    Police review deaths at hospital
    Police investigate about 300 deaths at Stafford Hospital, after evidence showed they could have been caused by neglect. Staffordshire Police have been reviewing documents from the Francis report, published in February. Read the full story
  • 19 May 2013

    Night of Light

    Night of Light
    Protesters stage late-night rally
    More than 1,000 people hold a night-time demonstration to save services at Stafford Hospital. Campaigners light hundreds of lanterns at the "Night of Light" event on Cannock Road in Stafford. Read the full story
  • 24 April 2013

    Evidence questioned

    Executives investigated
    Hospital executives' evidence under spotlight
    The former chairman and chief executive of Stafford Hospital are referred for investigation over the hospital's death rates scandal. Stafford Borough Council wants the Crown Prosecution Service to examine whether Martin Yeates and Toni Brisby misled its health scrutiny panel. Read the full story
  • 20 April 2013

    Protest march

    Protest march
    Local people protest new plan
    Up to 30,000 people march in opposition to plans to downgrade Stafford Hospital's services. Read the full story
  • 15 April 2013

    Administration

    In administration
    Trust to be put into administration
    It is announced the trust which runs Stafford Hospital is to be put into administration by the health regulator Monitor. Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust will be run by two specially appointed administrators to "safeguard the future of health services" currently provided. Read the full story
  • 30 March 2013

    Fight for services

    Fight for services
    Fight to keep local services
    The board of Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust says it is essential that acute services stay at Stafford Hospital. Responding to the Contingency Planning Team Report by the regulator Monitor, it said the proposed downgrading of service provision is "dramatic". Read the full story
  • 26 March 2013

    Government response

    Jeremy Hunt
    Government vows to introduce "radical new measures"
    The Government promises to foster a "culture of zero harm and compassionate care" in the wake of Robert Francis QC's report. Speaking in the Commons, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said a number of changes would be introduced, including a rating system for hospitals and care homes, and changes to nurse training. Read the full story
  • 6 February 2013

    Report published

    Victims
    The final report says the NHS must 'fundamentally change'
    In his final report, Robert Francis QC makes 290 recommendations for changing the NHS. He states that patients at the hospital "were failed by a system which ignored the warning signs and put corporate self-interest and cost control ahead of patients and their safety". Read the full story
  • 6 January 2013

    Jeremy Hunt MP

    Jeremy Hunt MP
    Health Secretary calls for change of culture in NHS
    Ahead of the inquiry's report, the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt called for "proper accountability" and a change of culture to give greater priority to compassion. Mr Hunt said the events at Stafford represented "the most shocking betrayal of NHS founding values in its history". Read the full story
  • 1 December 2011

    Robert Francis QC

    Robert Francis QC
    Public inquiry ends
    The inquiry into standards at Stafford Hospital ends after 139 days and at a cost of over £10m. The chairman Robert Francis QC is left to consider a million pages of evidence which have been presented by the NHS, patients, employees and campaign groups. Read the full story
  • 21 November 2011

    Julie Bailey

    Julie Bailey
    Closing statements
    The public inquiry into failings at Stafford Hospital has heard closing statements from patient groups. Cure the NHS members criticised the strategic health authority and described the Care Quality Commission health watchdog as a "wholly inefficient" organisation. Read the full story
  • 7 October 2011

    Helene Donnelly

    Helene Donnelly
    Helene Donnelly, casualty nurse
    Casualty nurse Helene Donnelly said she was spurred on to blow the whistle as she could not see patients suffer any more. She told the inquiry that as a result of her actions she was "told to watch my back" and was afraid to leave the hospital unaccompanied. Read the full story
  • 3 October 2011

    Martin Yeates

    Martin Yeates
    Martin Yeates, Former Chief Executive, Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust
    The inquiry heard that Martin Yeates had thought about taking his own life because of the pressure which resulted from the release of the Healthcare Commission report. He also said that he and his team were attempting to improve the services at a difficult time.
  • 3 October 2011

    Toni Brisby

    Staffordshire hospital inquiry
    Toni Brisby, Former Chair, Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust
    Toni Brisby appeared via video link, and told the inquiry she believed the report by the Healthcare Commission which exposed the problems at the Trust was "shaky". She also said that had she not been told to go by the head of the Foundation Trust Regulator Monitor, she would have probably tried to "stick it out". Read the full story
  • 27 September 2011

    Sir David Nicholson

    Sir David Nicholson
    Sir David Nicholson, Chief Executive of NHS
    Sir David was talking about his time overseeing the creation of NHS West Midlands in 2005. He told the inquiry that at the time there was a national drive to save money, but he said that the Mid Staffordshire Trust gave them no cause for concern as it only had a small deficit. Read the full story
  • 7 September 2011

    Ben Bradshaw MP

    Ben Bradshaw MP
    Ben Bradshaw MP, former Health Minister
    Ben Bradshaw told the inquiry that he knew that the Healthcare Commission was investigating the Mid Staffordshire Trust, but he did not intervene because he wanted to allow them to get on with their job. He also expressed surprise at the lack of complaints about the hospital from local people. Read the full story
  • 6 September 2011

    Andy Burnham MP

    Andy Burnham MP
    Andy Burnham MP, Former Health Secretary
    During his time as a Health Minister Andy Burnham had allowed the Mid Staffordshire Trust to apply for Foundation Status, having been reassured by civil servants at the Department of Health. The inquiry heard that he'd been told that the Trust had a "can do attitude" but not that officials had previously said the application was "difficult to support". Read the full story
  • 4 July 2011

    Baroness Barbara Young

    Baroness Barbara Young
    Baroness Barbara Young, Former Chair Care Quality Commission
    Baroness Young told the inquiry that when the Care Quality Commission was set up in 2008 it took quite a while to become fully operational. She also recalled a meeting with the Mid Staffordshire Trust's interim Chief Executive and Chairman in which she told them that they had a "them and us" attitude to the local community. Read the full story
  • 4 May 2011

    Sir Ian Kennedy

    Sir Ian Kennedy
    Sir Ian Kennedy, former Chairman Healthcare Commission
    Sir Ian Kennedy told the public inquiry that his organisation came under almost constant political pressure. He said that the decision to remove the estimation of the number of people who had died at the hospital was his, as he wanted the focus to be on the "appalling" care. See the full report
  • 18 April 2011

    Cynthia Bower

    Cynthia Bower
    Cynthia Bower, former Chief Executive of NHS West Midlands, now Chief Executive of Care Quality Commission
    Cynthia Bower apologised to the relatives of those who had died at Stafford Hospital saying they had been let down. But despite missing vital signs that there could be a problem at the trust she denied that there had been a "serious failing" by the West Midland Strategic Health Authority. Read the full story
  • 28 March 2011

    Dr Helen Moss

    Dr Helen Moss
    Dr Helen Moss, former Director of Nursing, Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust
    Dr Moss told the inquiry she had not made the problems with the number of nursing staff clear enough to the board. She also told the inquiry that she did not realise the extent of staffing cuts which had been made before her appointment. Read the full story
  • 18 March 2011

    Antony Sumara

    Antony Samura
    Antony Sumara, Chief Executive Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust July 2009 - July 2011
    Antony Sumara told the inquiry that there were too many regulators monitoring the NHS and that they should all be merged into one. He also cast doubt over whether regulators would be able to spot another Stafford Hospital See the full report
  • 28 February 2011

    Andrew Haigh

    Andrew Haigh
    Andrew Haigh, Coroner for South Staffordshire
    Mr Haigh told the inquiry that this was just one of several healthcare organisations under his jurisdiction and at the time he was more concerned about Queen's Hospital Burton. But he said he hadn't identified a systemic failure because he was dealing with individual cases. Read the full story
  • 8 February 2011

    Janet Eagland

    Janet Eagland
    Councillor Janet Eagland, former chair of Staffordshire County Council's Health Select committee
    Janet Eagland told the inquiry that during her time on the committee she had not received complaints about any of the county's hospitals. She also said that she felt like she had been "duped" by the previous management who had not told them how bad the situation at the trust actually was. Read the full story
  • 3 February 2011

    David Kidney

    David Kidney
    David Kidney, former Labour MP for Stafford
    Mr Kidney told the inquiry that management assured him no nurses would lose their jobs as the hospital tried to clear its deficit. He also said that when Cure the NHS wrote to him about the staff shortages he was told by management that more nurses had been recruited but later discovered that had not happened. See the full report
  • 23 November 2010

    Julie Bailey

    Julie Bailey
    Julie Bailey, leader of the Cure the NHS campaign
    Julie Bailey, who began campaigning after her mother died at Stafford Hospital in 2007, gives evidence saying she still has "huge concerns" about patient treatment at the hospital. Read the full story
  • 8 November 2010

    Public inquiry opens

    Protesters at the inquiry
    The inquiry into avoidable deaths at Stafford Hospital, chaired by Robert Francis QC, is to look at why the health care system tolerated a "terrible standard of service". It is the fifth inquiry into the higher than expected deaths at Stafford Hospital between 2005 and 2008. Read the full story

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