NHS pays out compensation
SEVENTEEN more families have been given compensation by the trust running the scandal-hit Stafford Hospital.
Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust has paid out £173,000 to settle the claims brought by patients and their relatives.
Lyn Hill-Tout, the trust's chief executive said: "I offer our sincerest apologies to the families concerned, for the distress caused by the poor care their relatives received at our trust in the past.
"We have made improvements to the care of our patients and will continue to focus our efforts on quality and safety and making sure these improvements are sustained."
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The trust had previously paid more than £1 million in compensation to 98 families.
The claims were settled after a Healthcare Commission report in 2009 found that a higher-than-expected number of people died at Stafford Hospital between 2005 and 2008.