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Basildon Hospital out of special measures

Basildon Hospital is being taken out of special measures.

Health regulator Monitor said the hospital had improved its services for patients and rated it "good" following a full inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

The hospital was one of 11 put into special measures last July for fundamental breaches of care. It's since made a number of improvements, including taking on more staff and getting better feedback from patients.

Local MP Stephen Metcalfe has welcomed the news.

Basildon Hospital 'improving'

Basildon Hospital Credit: ITV Anglia

A health watchdog says Basildon Hospital is improving and has been taken off special measures.

The hospital's been under the spotlight following a series of damning reports. Now though the Care Quality Commission says there've been significant improvements in patient care.

Their report said the hospital had done an impressive amount of work over a short time. Infection control and the treatment of sick children had improved. The report follows a two day inspection in September.

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Tough new action on hospitals in special measures

Basildon Hospital Credit: PA Wire

A failing hospital trust in Essex is due to find out today what further action it must take to get out of special measures.

Basildon Hospital was one of 11 identified as needing urgent improvements, following the Keogh Review into NHS trusts with high mortality rates.

The announcement will be made by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt later this morning.

Hospital criticised over girl's death

Basildon Hospital Credit: ITV News Anglia

The parents of an Essex teenager who died after a catalogue of errors at a failing hospital have described how their daughter was treated as "collateral damage".

Amie Miller, 15, was taken to Basildon Hospital A&E in November 2008 after suffering headaches while studying for her GCSEs.

She died from a brain condition three days later and an inquest at Essex County Hall heard the hospital missed several opportunities to save her life.

Essex hospitals await review findings

Colchester Hospital is one of 14 hospitals that will feature in the Keogh review Credit: ITV Anglia

Two Essex hospitals will be featured in a report looking into high mortality rates which is due to be released this afternoon.

Colchester and Basildon hospitals were both investigated by the Keogh review team earlier this year.

The hospitals are two of 14 nationwide to be singled out for inspection.

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Basildon hospital patients encouraged to give 'frank and honest opinions'

Basildon Hospital is to be inspected on 7 May. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An experienced team of doctors, nurses and patient representatives has announced plans to make its first visit to Basildon University Hospital on 7 May as part of the Keogh Review into mortality rates at 14 hospitals in England.

The Trust welcomes the review, pledging its full support, and urged people with any comments to make about the care given to members of their family to come forward.

Earlier this year, the Prime Minister announced he had asked Professor Sir Bruce Keogh - the Medical Director of NHS England - to review the quality of care and treatment provided by those NHS hospitals that have shown higher than expected mortality ratios over the past two years.

This followed the publication of the Francis Report into Mid-Staffordshire Hospitals.During their "rapid response review" the external team will talk to staff, patients and families, as well as members of the public.

Everyone will be encouraged to provide frank and honest opinions about the quality of care and treatment provided to patients.

The review aims to discover whether there are any "sustained failings" in the quality of care and treatment being provided. It will also examine the Trust's plans to improve the care it delivers to patients.

Professor Keogh is expected to report on his findings by the summer.