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Inspections have begun at Basildon hospital as part of CMO's review into high mortality rates

Inspectors entered Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation Trust yesterday as part of the national review into acute trusts with higher than expected mortality rates.

The trust is one of 14 NHS trusts across England with a higher than expected mortality ratio, which have been earmarked for review by the NHS England’s chief medical officer Sir Bruce Keogh.

The review was announced in February in the wake of the Francis report into Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust.

Sir Bruce’s team will work with the trusts to identify where any additional actions, over and above those that have already been taken locally, may be necessary to really raise the bar on quality and the safety of care and treatment.

As part of the review process at Basildon, a “listening event” was held yesterday evening at the trust, which was independently facilitated by the Keogh Review team.

Trust chief executive Clare Panniker said: “We fully support the review by Sir Bruce Keogh and believe it can only further support our work in this area.

“A great deal of work has already taken place, and more is underway to achieve consistently high standards of care, including the introduction of a trust-wide quality and safety turnaround programme.

“This is looking at all areas of patient quality and safety, to ensure everyone who comes here receives high quality care and does not come to any harm.”

She added: “Clearly some of these changes, alongside improvements we are making to how we communicate and listen to staff, will take time. However, we are working hard and are committed to making Basildon Hospital worthy of the local community it serves.”

The 14 trusts that will be reviewed are:

  • Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust
  • Tameside Hospital Foundation Trust
  • Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • East Lancashire Hospitals Trust
  • North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust
  • United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust
  • George Eliot Hospital Trust
  • Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust
  • Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • The Dudley Group Foundation Trust
  • Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • Medway Foundation Trust
  • Burton Hospitals Foundation Trust

Nine of the trusts have been “outliers” in the Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio (HSMR) for two years running. The HSMR scale was developed by Dr Foster and is used to rate trusts in its annual “Hospital Guide”.

The other five were identified by the government’s Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI) as having higher than expected death rates. The SHMI was developed as an alternative to the HSMR.

Outcomes from the Keogh Review are not expected until late summer and will be published by NHS England.

 

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