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Stafford Hospital's future revealed

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Stafford Hospital in February 2013A public inquiry was triggered at Stafford Hospital after a higher than expected number of deaths at the trust

A report by administrators running the scandal-hit Stafford Hospital into the future of services there will be published later.

The Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust went into administration on 16 April after a report concluded it was not "clinically or financially sustainable".

A public inquiry, led by Robert Francis QC, was triggered by a higher than expected number of deaths at the trust.

The Trust Special Administrators' (TSA) report will be published at 14:00 BST.

The administrators were initially given 45 days to design new patient services, but health regulator Monitor granted them an extra 30 days.

The consultation on the draft report will start on 6 August and end on 1 October.

'Fragile offering'

Conservative-controlled Staffordshire County Council, which took on the public health remit in April, said a single trust should be created to provide health and social care for Staffordshire.

Campaigners demonstrating in Stafford in April to keep major health services at the hospitalCampaigners demonstrated in April to keep major health services at the hospital

Council leader Philip Atkins said: "Instead of looking to break up an already fragile offering we need to look at creating a stronger, single Staffordshire NHS Trust offering integrated health and social care as a basis for a sustainable NHS."

The Mid Staffordshire trust, which also runs Cannock Chase Hospital, was the first NHS foundation trust to be put into administration.

Mr Francis's inquiry, into one of the biggest scandals in the history of the NHS, looked at why the problems at Stafford Hospital, where hundreds of needless deaths were caused by abuse and neglect in 2005-08, was not picked up earlier.

The report concluded patients had been "betrayed" because the NHS put corporate self-interest ahead of patients.

It argued for "fundamental change" in the culture of the NHS to make sure patients were put first.

"Practically ignored by nurses"

Find out more about the victims of the Stafford Hospital scandal

The inquiry ran for a year between 2010 and 2011, and took evidence from more than 160 witnesses over 139 days, at a cost of £13m.

The findings of the Francis Report prompted a separate review of 14 NHS hospitals in England with high mortality rates.

As a result of that review, 11 of the hospitals were placed in "special measures" for "fundamental breaches of care".

On Thursday 25 July, two Stafford Hospital nurses who falsified A&E discharge times were struck off the nursing register.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council panel found that Tracey-Ann White and Sharon Turner had brought their profession into serious disrepute.

On Tuesday 23 July, it was announced the director of nursing at the hospital, Colin Ovington, was to leave and become the new chief nurse of Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust.

He was recruited in 2010 to help improve the quality of care at the Mid Staffordshire trust.

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Sandwell Hospital and City Hospital in Birmingham, has said Mr Ovington was expecting to take up his new post later this year.

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