Hospitals in our region are to be among the first in the country to be the subject of radical new inspections in the light of the damning Keogh review.
Inspection teams will be led by clinical experts but will also include trained members of the public. Some will also be unannounced.
18 hospitals are to be inspected over the next five months - including Airedale and Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trusts. It follows major criticism from the head of the NHS in England - of some of our region's hospitals found to have unusually high death rates.
There are calls for the board in charge of the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust to consider resigning after the organisation was put into special measures.
Yesterday's report by NHS England's Medical Director Professor Bruce Keogh listed dozens of recommendations after a review of high death rates at the area's hospitals.
Now the woman who heads Lincolnshire's Health Scrutiny Committee says she's worried the bosses in charge aren't up to the job. James Webster reports.
The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has responded to calls for members of its board to consider their position, by the chair of the county's Health Scrutiny Committee. In a brief statement, the Trust says the future of the board is not for it to consider:
– United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust spokesperson
The future of the Board is a matter for the Trust Development Authority. All of ULHT’s directors are focusing entirely on the important task of addressing the issues raised in the Keogh Review, to continue the Trust’s journey of improvement.
The councillor in charge of Lincolnshire's Health Scrutiny Committee is calling for the board of the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust to consider its position after the trust was criticised in yesterday's review of high death rates by NHS England's Medical Director Professor Bruce Keogh.
Councillor Christine Talbot says, while the report did highlight some of the good work being carried out at the area's hospitals, she is so worried by the criticism in the review that she thinks the board in charge of the Trust needs to consider its position and if necessary resign:
James Webster looks at the damning report that has demanded that dozens of improvements are made at the NHS Trust that runs hospitals in Scunthorpe and Goole.
David Cameron said the NHS was "completely safe" in the Government's hands after 11 failing hospitals were placed under "special measures" management.
Speaking after Sir Bruce Keogh's damning review of hospitals, the Prime Minister said: "I think everyone can have confidence in the NHS and everyone can have confidence that their local hospital either is a good hospital or is being turned around and being made into a good hospital.
"There is much to celebrate in our NHS and I love our NHS, and I never want to do it any harm, but we don't serve our NHS by covering up problems and difficulties and clearly there are some hospitals with too-high mortality rates."
The Health Secretary has posted a tweet admitting things had "gone wrong" in the NHS, but he proclaimed that "transparency is disinfectant" after 11 hospitals were placed under "special measures" management:
Watershed day. Hard for Health Sec to admit things go wrong, but I'm determined to see poor care rooted out. Transparency is disinfectant.
It found none of them was providing "consistently high quality care to patients" and 11 are to be put under "special measures".
Sir Bruce Keogh has also set out a vision for where the NHS can get to within two years, as his report into high death rates at 14 hospital trusts is published.
- Making demonstrable progress to reducing avoidable deaths in hospitals.
- Patients and clinicians will have confidence in the quality of assessments made by the CQC, not least because they will have been active participants in inspections.
- No hospital will be an island – professional, academic and managerial isolation will be a thing of the past.
- Nurse staffing levels and skill mix will appropriately reflect the caseload and the severity of illness of the patients they are caring for and be transparently reported by Trust boards.
- Patients will not just feel like they have been listened to but will be able to see how their feedback is impacting on their own care and the care of others.
Some of our region's hospitals have been heavily criticised for their high death rates - after a major report into the management of NHS trusts.
The United Lincolnshire, the Sherwood Forest and the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals Trusts - are among 14 which have been investigated after they were found to have "unusually high" mortality rates.
They may now have strict measures imposed upon them to improve services. Michael Billington reports.