While Patients Are Suffering, Warm Words And Good Intentions Aren’t Enough

The local hospital in Stoke-on-Trent, University Hospital of North Staffordshire (UHNS), previously considered one of the poorest performing in the country, was considered sufficiently improved to take over responsibility for Stafford Hospital, renamed County Hospital, in the wake of the Francis Inquiry and the financially disastrous position of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust. UHNS itself was renamed Royal Stoke University Hospital, under the new University Hospitals of North Midlands Trust, at a cost of around £300m. In addition to providing a few more acronyms to throw into the alphabet soup that is the modern health service, the impact of these changes was both predictable and rapid.

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