As I look back at 2012, I am reminded of the two outbreaks of legionnaires' disease which occurred in Stoke on Trent and Edinburgh.
A member of my family lost their life in the outbreak at Stafford District General Hospital outbreak in 1985, and after the subsequent public inquiry guidelines were put in place to prevent this disease claiming more innocent lives in the future.
Yet 27 years later we are still losing people's lives to a totally preventable disease.
How many more inquiries must we have before the authorities start to prosecute the people responsible? Have we learned nothing from the 1985 outbreak at Stafford?