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Seven trusts with higher death rates named by CQC

Seven NHS trusts have higher than expected death rates for patients who die in hospital or within 30 days of discharge, according to new data.

Three of the trusts have had higher than expected rates for the last two years, according to figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

The report covers all deaths of patients who were admitted to non-specialist acute trusts in England and either died while in hospital or within 30 days of discharge.

It comes after a report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) last week revealed 44 trusts out of 161 were highest risk, including having higher than expected death rates across their hospitals.

In total, the CQC looked at 150 indicators of how trusts were doing, including incidents involving patient safety, whistleblowing staff and patient satisfaction with care.

The CQC put England’s trusts into six bands, with band 1 being the highest risk and band 6 the lowest. It said the banding was not a final judgment on the trusts but would help inspectors work out where they needed to focus their attention.

The data showed seven trusts had higher than expected death rates, including several placed in band 1 by the CQC and some labelled as much lower risk by the regulator.

They are Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation Trust, Aintree University Hospital Foundation Trust and Northampton General Hospital Trust, all placed in band 1 by the CQC.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust and Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust are also on the list (both were placed in band 2 by the CQC), alongside Mid Cheshire Hospitals Foundation Trust (placed in band 3) and Warrington and Halton Hospitals Foundation Trust (placed in band 5).

The new report covers the period from April 2012 to March 2013.

The three trusts whose death rates were higher than expected in both this report and the previous year’s one were Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust, Aintree University Hospital Foundation Trust and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust.

The latest data is based on the Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI), which is the ratio between the actual number of patients who die following treatment at the trust and the number that would be expected to die on the basis of average England figures.

It showed 17 trusts had a lower than expected death rates, while 118 had rates that were as expected.

Some 73.3% of the deaths occurred in hospital and 26.7% occurred outside hospital within 30 days of discharge.

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Readers' comments (6)

  • It seems ok to highlight problems, but what is going to be done about them. I don't mean necessarily by the trusts either. It seems to have become a bit of a witch hunt, taking us away from the real issues around the government messing (polite) up the NHS!!

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  • It's down to £.s.d! More money, more staff and better training. Not going to happen though, is it, especially when Bulgarians come flooding in, in the New Year. HELP NHS, your overwhelmed as it is. Need to leave EU and transfer the billions, going into EU Fund, to NHS

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  • maybe some of the Romanians and Bulgarians are nurses?

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  • Hmm. Without EU subsidies and protections, life would not be quite so simple for us here in the UK (which might not be the UK for much longer). Interesting that those who are so keen to leave the EU choose not to mention the advantages to membership.

    Withdrawal form the EU doesn't mean withdrawing from the European Economic Area or Free Trade Area. The UK would have to adhere to European Law but would no longer have any influence in its formation or running. Rights of freedom of movement to live, work and study (currently there are 1.4 million Brits who take advantage of this) within Europe would be lost. You can wave bye bye to foreign investment as import tariffs will be imposed outwith the single market.
    There will be even less money for the NHS.
    Narrow, protectionist views will only further diminish our place in the global economy and stifle our ability to influence the path of this country.

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  • How do you know this?

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  • Anonymous | 3-Nov-2013 12:15 pm

    totally agree

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