The Telegraph: Mid Staffs pays out over £1.1m in compensation

Extract from The Telegraph – 5 February 2013

The scandal-hit Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust has paid out more than £1.1 million in compensation for “gross and degrading” treatment that caused or hastened patients’ deaths, according to lawyers.

Leigh Day, the leading solicitors, said 120 of their clients had successfully brought claims over abuses of their loved ones’ human rights while they were at Stafford Hospital.

The London law firm argued that the trust had breached three sections of the Human Rights Act, including Article 3, which bans torture or inhuman or degrading treatment.

Seven out of ten of their clients were reported to have been left to sit in faeces or urine for up to five hours.

Food and drink was left out of reach of patients, who were forced to drink water out of flower vases, and people in agony were forced to wait up to 15 hours on occasion before being given painkillers, the law firm said.

In the past year Leigh Day has received eight new inquiries relating to treatment of patients at the hospital.