Stafford Hospital ignored expert advice on how to tackle outbreaks of a superbug that later claimed the lives of 10 patients, a public inquiry has heard.
The Health Protection Agency desperately tried to get managers at the hospital to change the way they handled clostridium difficile infections after two outbreaks in 2008.
But managers at the scandal-hit trust refused to follow their advice and a much larger outbreak erupted in 2009. It spread to several wards at both Stafford and Cannock Hospitals, killing 10 and infecting many more.
Yesterday [16th June 2011] the Francis Inquiry heard evidence from Justin McCracken, chief executive of the Health Protection Agency, who revealed the hospital repeatedly refused to act on advice and was reluctant to declare outbreaks – possibly due to a fear of bad publicity.
My comment: Just where were the watchdogs who could have done something? Surely refusing to follow the advice of experts is maladministration which a watchdog should have done something about? Is this not a case of corporate manslaughter?
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