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Mid Staffs charged over four criminal deaths

Health and Safety Executive brings criminal charges over deaths of four patients between 2005 and 2014

Ingrid Torjesen

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust is facing criminal charges over the deaths of four patients between 2005 and 2014.

The Health and Safety Executive has brought charges against the trust which ran Stafford hospital, now called County hospital, where the patients died. The allegations relate to health and safety breaches. University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS trust runs the hospital. Mid Staffordshire remains in place as a legal entity but no longer provides patient services.

The trust is due to appear before Stafford Magistrates’ Court on 4 November.

The charges relate to the deaths of Patrick Daly, 89, who died on 13 May 2014; Edith Bourne, 83, who died on 22 July 2013; Ivy Bunn, 90, who died on 6 November 2008; and Lillian Tucker, 77, who died on 21 October 2005.

Wayne Owen, HSE Principal Inspector in the West Midlands, said: “We have concluded our investigation into the death of four patients at Stafford Hospital and have decided there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to bring criminal proceedings in this case.

“There are four separate charges, each alleging a breach under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act.”

Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 states that every employer has a duty to conduct his undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that persons not in his employment who may be affected by the conduct of his undertaking are not as a result exposed to risks to their health and safety.

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