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Hospitals mortality probe

Five hospital trusts are to be investigated over their mortality rates, including three in the North West, the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) has announced.

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Statement from East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

“We welcome the recommendations of the Mid Staffordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry and will be looking closely at how they can underpin our services.

We have been named as one of five Trusts in the country who present in the “higher than expected” band in the Summary Hospital Mortality Indicator (SHMI). This indicator is one of a number of mortality indicators along with the more commonly used Hospital Standard Mortality Ratio. We take this very seriously and we welcome the independent review by the NHS Commissioning Board Medical Director, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh.

“The Trust has a mortality steering group that comprises of senior clinicians including the Medical Director and Deputy Medical Director who is also the chair of the Patient Safety Group who are looking at the indices very carefully and will use them to identify where we can focus efforts to improve clinical practice and care.

“We have met with the NHS Trust Development Agency (NHS TDA) as part of our assessment process for suitability to become a Foundation Trust. This robust process scrutinises and measures us against governance, quality and finance and they have now approved us to proceed to assessment by Monitor (regulator for NHS Foundation Trusts).

– Mark Brearley, Chief Executive at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

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