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Bill Cash MP requests meeting with Chairman of Stafford Hospital inquiry

Press release 24/07/09 

Bill Cash has asked Mr. Robert Francis QC for a meeting to discuss the procedure which would be followed at the inquiry. Bill Cash has continuously called for a 2005 Act inquiry if the problems at Stafford Hospital have not been resolved by the time of the next General Election. Mr. Cash has stated that the inquiry which has been set up is a step in the right direction but has expressed his concern about the terms of reference.

Mr. Cash is seeking a discussion with the Chairman of the Inquiry regarding the procedure to be followed, in order to maximise the opportunity to look at the issue of governance and accountability in respect of past performance of the statutory authorities and those involved in the decision-making process as well as victims and the bereaved.
He notes that the Secretary of State as agreed with Bill Cash that an upgrade to a 2005 Act inquiry, in order to compel witnesses on oath and the production of papers, has not been ruled out and therefore a discussion with the Chairman of the inquiry to determine the procedure to be followed with Bill Cash and others is important in order to identify the way forward when Mr. Francis has had an opportunity to consider all aspects of and the nature of the inquiry.

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