Stafford Hospital trust admits 'significant' breaches over patient deaths


The NHS trust that ran Stafford Hospital has pleaded guilty to "very significant" health and safety breaches connected to the deaths of four elderly patients in its care.

Stafford Magistrates' Court heard that three of the deaths occurred after falls, while another took place after a patient was given penicillin, despite hospital staff being told she was allergic to the antibiotic.

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, which no longer operates medical services, pleaded guilty to four offences through its solicitor and will be sentenced at Stafford Crown Court.