The Trust Special Administrators for Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust have issued the following statement:
"A service specification document for paediatrics was created in January and February by the office of the Trust Special Administrator working with the Paediatric Department as part of the separation planning work.
"In the course of that work a junior member of the team made an honest error and replaced some figures with more up-to-date data from an approved Trust source; however, they did not notify the Department that this had been done. As soon as this error was identified it was corrected in consultation with the Trust's paediatric team.
"We are therefore satisfied that the error did not result in material differences and has no impact on subsequent assessments of the service.
"At the time, the TSA met with and later wrote to the appropriate professionals at the Trust to discuss the matter and apologise for the error.
"Furthermore, it is worth noting that the process being undertaken to plan for separation ensures that data of this kind is routinely checked a number of times in meetings and workshops with Trust staff as well as with the University of North Staffordshire NHS Trust and The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust as a standard approach to the TSA process.
"We are therefore also satisfied that the data presently being used by all parties is accurate."
Any enqueries should be directed to the TSA Press Office on 0203 637 0784.