Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust debate

19 May 2009

The House of Commons debated an Opposition motion brought by the Conservatives on the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

The Commons considered an Opposition motion and a Government amendment:

Opposition motion:

Mr David Cameron, Mr Andrew Lansley, Anne Milton, Mike Penning, Mr Stephen O'Brien, Mr Patrick McLoughlin

That this House calls for an independent inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005 into the failings of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Government amendment:

The Prime Minister, Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, Secretary Alan Johnson, Secretary Jacqui Smith, Secretary Ed Balls, Mr Ben Bradshaw

Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘notes the independent report by the Healthcare Commission which identified severe failings at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and the follow-up reports by the National Clinical Director for Emergency Care and the National Clinical Director for Primary Care which state that Stafford Hospital’s accident and emergency department is now safe but that further improvements must be made at the Trust and lessons learnt by the whole NHS; further notes that the hospital has offered independent reviews of clinical records to all concerned; agrees that at the present time it would not be appropriate to establish an independent public inquiry; further agrees that management and staff at the hospital must remain focused on delivering high quality patient care; and further agrees that an independent public inquiry could add undue delay to implementing the recommendations of the above reports and therefore to the hospital delivering high quality and safe services for the local community.

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