High NHS Trust mortality rates

Midlands MPs concerned about high mortality rates at their local hospitals have met with England's most senior doctor Sir Bruce Keogh.

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Dudley MP hands over patient dossier on Russells Hall hospital

Dudley MP Ian Austin has handed over a patient dossier to NHS medical director Bruce Keogh.

Austin requested the meeting after Russells Hall hospital in Dudley was revealed to have death rates that were significantly higher than the national average.

He collected accounts from scores of patients about their experiences at the hospital and today sought assurances that the views of parents and their families would be put at the centre of a review.

“I asked patients and families to get in touch and send me their accounts so I could share their concerns with Bruce Keogh.

I handed him a dossier of cases and I’m very pleased that he’s agreed to come to Dudley so that he can hear from patients and their families.

Many people told me that shortcomings in care for their relatives stemmed from over-stretched nurses and I want Bruce Keogh to look at whether staffing levels at the hospital are adequate.

If problems are identified they need to be put right."

– Ian Austin, MP for Dudley (Lab)

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