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More than 1,000 extra nurses at 'special measures' trusts, says Hunt

More than 1,200 extra nurses and 118 doctors have been recruited at hospitals placed in “special measures” amid care quality concerns, the health secretary has said.

Eleven hospital trusts were placed under closer scrutiny last year, after NHS England medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh investigated 14 trusts for higher-than-expected mortality rates.

Jeremy Hunt told MPs that “good progress” is being made across all the trusts, following the announcement earlier this week that Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation had been taken out of special measures.

Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt

Speaking yesterday in the Commons, he said: “I am pleased to tell the House today across all the trusts in special measures an additional 1,202 nurses and an additional 118 doctors have been recruited.

“The programme is making good progress and all the House will want to commend the efforts of all the staff in those hospitals for the tremendous efforts they are making.”

In addition to Basildon, the other 10 trusts placed in special measures to date are:

  • Tameside Hospital Foundation Trust
  • North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust
  • Burton Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust
  • Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • East Lancashire Hospitals Trust
  • George Eliot Hospital Trust

Medway Foundation Trust

Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust.

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