The Francis Report (published 2013) summed up the inquiry into the catastrophic failures at Mid Staffordshire Hospitals from 2005 to 2008. It concluded that cut-backs in staffing to save money, and a brutally intensive management regime at the Trust were to blame. One of the criticisms of the report is that it failed to address the flawed 'reforms' and the unrealistic financial targets that had led Mid Staffs management into such desperate actions. Such 'reforms' are still forcing similar decisions from NHS managers all over England.
Many of the 290 recommendations made by the report were ignored or immediately dismissed by the coalition government.
Soon after the report was published, the Trust Special Administrator was called in to close Stafford Hospital.