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The Daily Mail letter: 'Trust failed patients'

Geoffrey Podger, Chief Executive, Health and Safety Executive responds,

The Editor
Daily Mail
Northcliffe House
2 Derry Street
London W8 5TT


As a health and safety professional Rob Slater ('Trust failed patients, Letters, 4 August) should not be outraged by the decision not to prosecute Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.

Both the Health and Safety Executive and Kent Police made clear that their review of the information available led them to conclude that there was insufficient evidence to launch a criminal investigation. That being the case, there was no other sensible course of action for us.

Yours faithfully

Geoffrey Podger
Chief Executive
Health and Safety Executive
Redgrave Court
Merton Road
Merseyside L20 7HS

Updated 2011-11-07