Stoke & Staffordshire

Stafford Hospital death investigated by police

Police have said they are investigating the death of a 57-year-old woman last month at Stafford Hospital.

Officers said the woman, from Cannock, died at the hospital on 13 October. Police said post-mortem tests had so far proved inconclusive.

The hospital trust said two staff members had been suspended although one had since been reinstated.

A public inquiry is being held into failings at Stafford Hospital which was criticised for poor levels of care.

The inquiry is looking into monitoring by regulatory bodies after a higher-than-expected number of deaths occurred between 2005 and 2008.

'Fully co-operating'

Staffordshire Police said tests were continuing to establish how the woman had died.

Officers said the investigation was being carried out at the request of HM Coroner.

In a statement, Manjit Obhrai, medical director at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, said: "The trust reported this incident to the coroner, who has asked the police to investigate.

"The police did not seize any records as the trust is co-operating fully with them.

"As the police investigation is ongoing, we are unable to comment at this time."

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