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The scandal that shook the NHS
Ten years ago today, a public inquiry concluded that patients were subject to shocking levels of neglect at Stafford Hospital, putting it among the worst care scandals in NHS history. A young local reporter, Shaun Lintern – now The Sunday Times' health editor – helped expose the scandal. With the NHS again under huge pressure, can we be sure the same failings won't happen again? Shaun speaks to the barrister who chaired the inquiry.
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Guest: Shaun Lintern, Health Editor, The Sunday Times.
Host: Manveen Rana.
Clips: BBC, Labour Party, Mid Staffs Inquiry.
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