It has been reported that a member of staff has been suspended at scandal hit Stafford Hospital after a dummy was found taped to a four month old baby’s face at Stafford Hospital. Fortunately, the baby was not harmed but the consequences could have been far more serious.

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust has been criticised in the past for poor standards of care and is currently the subject of a public inquiry which is bring chaired by Robert Francis QC. The report is due to be published on 6th February 2013. The inquiry will concentrate on Stafford Hospital between January 2005 and March 2009. It is expected to suggest that poor treatment was common. An independent inquiry in February 2010 reported that the Trust had “routinely neglected patients”. Similarly, the Healthcare Commission found in 2009 that “appalling standards” had put patients at risk.

It is estimated that the Trust has settled around 120 medical negligence case with total compensation nearing £1 million. Anyone who is concerned that the care they, or a family member received at Stafford Hospital was negligent may be entitled to compensation.