NHS Trust fined £200,000 as 66 year old diabetic patient dies since insulin dose was missed
The scandal struck Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust has been fined £200,000 for the "avoidable" demise of a 66-year-old diabetic whose insulin dose was missed as the records were not up to the mark. This is yet another case which gets the facility back into scandal.
Gillian Astbury slipped into a deadly diabetic coma while she was under treatment for a broken arm and pelvis at Stafford Hospital in April 2007.
The NHS Trust, which confessed to breaking the health and safety protocol law last October, apologized for its "ghastly" care of Mrs Astbury.
A group of medical attendants were made in-charge who did not try to peruse her medical history and neglected to understand she required general dosages of insulin.
Mr Justice Haddon-Cave came down heavily on the NHS staff at Mid Staffford for the "adequately broken" arrangement of handovers, repeating that the disaster was "wholly avoidable". He held the hospital guilty and sentenced fine.
He included that the entire responsibility of such negligence lay with the senior chiefs at the Trust, all of whom have left or retired since then.
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