The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry was announced, following the Statement to the House of Commons on 9 June 2010 by the Secretary of State for Health (Andrew Lansley MP).  

This Inquiry, governed by the Inquiries Act 2005, will examine the commissioning, supervisory and regulatory organisations in relation to their monitoring role at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust between January 2005 and March 2009.  It will consider why the serious problems at the Trust were not identified and acted on sooner, and will identify important lessons to be learnt for the future of patient care.

The Inquiry hearings began on Monday 8th November 2010 and concluded on Thursday 1 December 2011.  In addition, the Inquiry held seven public seminars in October and November 2011.

The final report of the Inquiry will be published on Wednesday 6 February 2013.