Lichfield MP welcomes Stafford Hospital inquiry

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant has welcomed the news that there will be a public inquiry into the failings at Stafford Hospital.

The announcement was made in the House of Commons yesterday (June 9) by Andrew Lansley, Secretary of State for Health.

Mr Fabricant said:

“A few years ago, a senior consultant and a nurse came to see me and showed me photographs of  a hospital in the midlands with filth and holes in the walls – even in the operating theatres.  But they were terrified they might lose their jobs and would not leave the evidence with me.  The announcement by Andrew Lansley will protect health employees who, in turn, wish to protect patients in their hospital.

“I am also delighted that Andrew Lansley will be instituting a full independent and public inquiry into the workings of Stafford Hospital with full powers to summons and protect witnesses and make any recommendations they feel need to be made.  This was opposed by the previous Government and many local people viewed it as a ‘cover up’.”

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