The PR Guru

November 12, 2010

British Gas raises prices and Stafford Hospital suffers from more extremely bad PR

British Gas have today revealed that they are going to be putting prices up by 7% this winter, supposedly due rising wholesale prices. However, the company are already making massive profits each year – so this is not going to do them any favours, particularly since homeowners are trying to reduce costs.

Eight million customers will be affected by this change but 300,000 vulnerable customers will not be, at this time.

Scottish and Southern Energy are also to increase gas prices by 9.5%. It seems that in times when people can’t afford to pay more, there will always be a rise in prices to make the situation even worse.

In other bad news, today it has been announced that there is to be an investigation into the deaths of newborn twin boys, who died 11 days ago after being in Stafford Hospital’s maternity unit.

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Antony Sumara said everyone was “absolutely devastated” and a staff member had been suspended.

The hospital is the subject of a public inquiry into its “appalling” care after 400 more people died there between 2005 and 2008 than would be expected.

The public inquiry into the hospital’s failings got under way on Monday, following a long campaign by relatives of those who died.

The last government ordered a private investigation, but refused a wider public inquiry.

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