Stafford Hospital review: Ivy Bunn death investigated

Police said they were reviewing 173 cases

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A second criminal inquiry into the death of a patient at scandal-hit Stafford Hospital is under way.

Ivy Bunn, 90, died at the hospital in 2008, following a fall a week earlier.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has already prosecuted the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust following the death of 66-year-old Gillian Astbury.

HSE head of operations Peter Galsworthy said the investigation into Mrs Bunn's death had "recently started". A review of 173 other cases is ongoing.

The agency is working with Staffordshire Police on the review of 209 cases of alleged neglect which could have led to a patient's death at the hospital between 2005 and 2009.

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On Tuesday, it was revealed that no further action would be taken in 34 of the cases,

Assistant Chief Constable Nick Baker said: "Work continues to review the remaining 173 cases and it is likely to take another six months to complete.

"Detectives and staff working on the case have been specially trained and are knowledgeable about the very complex healthcare-related legal issues they're dealing with.

"We've also got a huge responsibility to the 209 families affected by the work we are doing.

"We've written to all of those we can at this stage to keep them informed and to provide each family with a specially trained family liaison officer who they can turn to for advice or support."

The multi-agency group examining the alleged neglect was established in February, following publication of the Francis Inquiry report into the "appalling" standards of care provided by the trust.

The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust is currently awaiting sentencing at Stafford Crown Court after admitting safety breaches relating to the death of Mrs Astbury.

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