1200 die due to NHS chiefs

1200 die due to NHS chiefsA public inquiry heard yesterday that NHS bosses failed to tackle blunders that led to the deaths of up to 1,200 patients.

Into one of Britain's biggest health care scandals, the accusation was made on the opening day of the full investigation.

An explanation about why were patients left in their own filth without pain relief and water will be given by mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust chiefs, doctors and nurses. Will O'Neil, whose dad died in the trust's care, staged a protest which led to a delay in inquiry.

After victims' families were excluded from the main hearing room at Stafford Council's HQ, he refused to budge from a lawyer's chair.

Julie Bailey, who founded campaign group Cure The NHS after losing her mother at Stafford hospital, said, "Will lost his dad in 2008 and hasn't got any answers as to what happened."

She added that he felt left out of the process as he wasn't happy with arrangements. A horrific death toll from 2005 to 2008 happened due to appalling standards at the trust's Stafford and Cannock Chase hospitals.

Inquiry chairman Robert Francis QC said, "We are here because of the terrible service inflicted on so many patients and their families."