Andy Burnham, the Health Secretary in the last Labour government, is to give evidence to the public inquiry currently ongoing into the failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.
Mr Burnham, who also served as a Minister of State for Health in his time in government, will speak at the inquiry which has been running since last November. It was set up to look into the trust which was accused of providing an “appalling standard of care” and had put targets ahead of patient welfare.
The public inquiry follows a previous, independent inquiry, chaired by the same man, Robert Francis QC, which reported its findings last February and criticised the trust for being pre-occupied with cost cutting at the same time as “routinely neglecting patients”. On the first day of the current inquiry Mr Francis said that its aim would be to look into why the “terrible standard of service” at Stafford Hospital was allowed to continue.