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PM apologises over Mid Staffs scandal

PM apologises over Mid Staffs scandal
The Prime Minister has apologised to those patients who suffered in Stafford hospital following a damning report.

Robert Francis QC's inquiry concluded that patients were routinely neglected by a NHS Trust that was preoccupied with cost cutting, targets and processes.

Responding to the report in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister issued an apology.

"I'd like to go further as Prime Minister and apologise to the families of all the families who have suffered...on behalf of the government and, indeed, our country, I am truly sorry."

Mr Cameron also said a new post of Chief Inspector of Hospitals will be created.

Despite the scandal, the Prime Minister retains full confidence in NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson, who was in charge of the Staffordshire Strategic Health Authority.

“Both the PM and Secretary of State think Sir David is doing a good job,” a spokesman said.

Catch up on all the action from PMQs and the subsequent NHS statement on our liveblog.

The Francis Report has made 290 recommendations for both the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and Government. The final report is based on evidence from over 900 patients and families.

Unveiling his report this morning, Mr Francis said: "In short, the trust that the public should be able to place in the NHS was betrayed.... What is required now is a real change in culture."

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