As the fallout from the Mid Staffordshire scandal continues, nine more hospitals are to be investigated over alarmingly high death rates.
The figures suggest that 3,000 more patients died in their care over the past two years that would have been expected. Hundreds of thousands of patients are cared for by the hospital, which includes the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire that is currently under a separate investigation over the alleged abuse of patients by Jimmy Savile.
The Prime Minister announced last week that investigations into five other hospitals (see our earlier post here) after a report into the failings at Stafford Hospital where hundreds of patients died due to poor care.
In the report, Robert Francis QC concludes that there are endemic problems across the NHS which means that patients are not adequately protected from a repeat of the disaster. The Stafford Hospital was exposed by persistently high death rates.
It is also thought that the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt will use his first speech since the Francis report to tell NHS staff that they must devote more time to caring for their patient and tell health chiefs to stop using targets to crush their staff from doing their job well.
The nine further hospitals to be investigated concerning their death rates are:
- North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
- United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
- George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
- Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
- Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
- Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Medway NHS Foundation Trust
- Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
They have all been outliers for the past two years on the Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio.
The five David Cameron announced last week were already outliers on a separate death index called the Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator.
Swain & Co.’s medical negligence solicitors say that it is essential that public confidence is restored in the NHS and the only way to do this is to shine the light on the entire NHS and get the truth. From that it is hoped that this will lead to much improvements and reduce medical mistakes and negligence.
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