Mid Staffordshire Scandal
Last Updated: March, 2019

The  Francis Inquiry  concluded that insufficient front-line nursing staff were to blame for the deaths of hundreds of patients at Mid Staffordshire Hospital between 2005 and 2008. This was the result of market-based reforms including the introduction of  Foundation Trusts , the  Private Finance Initiative  and  Payment By Results , which forced hospitals to prioritise the bottom line and save money by cutting staff numbers.

When the hospital was finally forced to spend more money on front-line staff, it went into deficit and was deemed unsustainable.