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In March 2009 the Healthcare Commission (HCC) published a report into the severe failings in emergency care provided by the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust between 2005 and 2008. The Secretary of State for Health then commissioned reviews by George Alberti (National Clinical Director for Emergency Care) on the hospital's procedures for emergency admissions and treatment and its progress against the recommendations in the HCC's report and by David Colin-Thome (National Clinical Director for Primary Care) on how the commissioning and performance management system failed to expose what was happening in the hospital. This journal has previously written about these matters.
In July 2009 the Secretary of State announced an independent enquiry (separate from the above) to investigate individual cases relating to the care given by the Trust between 2005 and 2009 that cause concern, identify lessons to be learnt beyond those from the earlier reviews and consider any additional actions to ensure the Trust is delivering a …
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