Hospitals are braced for tough criticism over thousands of needless deaths in a major report out today.
NHS England medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh is expected to describe poor care, medical errors and management blunders at 14 trusts investigated over high mortality rates.
He will suggest that the Stafford hospital scandal was not a one-off.
Reports suggest that there may have been 13,000 needless deaths across the 14 trusts since 2005.
Jason Suckley, director of policy and campaigns at care charity Sue Ryder, said:
Findings in Sir Bruce Keogh's report of hospital performance unfortunately highlight that the shocking and poor care at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust hospital were not isolated cases.
After 65 years of the NHS, it is disgraceful and unacceptable that people, and their families, do not receive the care they need, and deserve.
A number of hospital trusts in the Midlands have been named in a report by NHS medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, which outlines thousands of needless deaths.
The report suggests that Stafford Hospital was not a one-off, and that many trusts in England have had 'excess' death rates going back years. Those named in the report are:
- United Lincolnshire
- The Dudley Group, West Midlands
- George Eliot, Warwickshire
- Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire
- Burton, Staffordshire