Sir Bruce Keogh’s review of mortality indicators at 14 trusts has found staffing concerns at each but it also cautions against taking the indicator scores to mean the same thing as “avoidable deaths”, leaked extracts suggest.
Eleven of the 14 hospital providers investigated because of high mortality ratios have been placed in “special measures”, the health secretary has announced.
A probe of trusts with high death rates found inadequate staffing and sustained failures to ensure adequate maintenance of estates and medical equipment at North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust.
Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation Trust has been told to take “urgent action” on clinical staffing levels following Sir Bruce Keogh’s mortality rates review.
George Eliot Hospital Trust must address concerns around its “unsatisfactory” reporting of quality and mortality and around patient safety, Sir Bruce Keogh’s mortality rates review team has said.
The Keogh review has identified “lack of escalation procedures, inadequate staffing levels and disconnected leadership” as some of the key areas of concern at the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust.
Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust managers potentially put patients at risk by their “apparent lack of response to escalated patient safety concerns”, Sir Bruce Keogh’s mortality rates review said.
Staff feel unable to raise concerns at Medway FTSubscription
Medway Foundation Trust has insufficient staffing levels and employees there feel unable to raise concerns, according to the Keogh review.
Tameside nurse staffing 'inadequate'Subscription
The Keogh review of high death rate trusts has called for urgent action to address insufficient nurse staffing, inadequate supervision of junior doctors, and insufficient access to critical care beds at Tameside Hospital.
The NHS has little idea whether nurse staffing levels are safe in England, members of a high profile safety review panel have admitted, after they found hospital data on staffing did not tally with what they found during inspections.