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 Tameside Hospital Trust

The Trust looks forward to receiving Sir Bruce Keogh and/or his team into the hospital.

“It is well recognised that Tameside Hospital’s Summary Hospital Mortality Indicator (SHMI) has been elevated for the last two years. In the same way as the hospital has addressed the Dr Foster reported Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio (HSMR), it has committed to working with its partner organisations to similarly reduce the SHMI.

“This additional national focus from Sir Bruce Keogh is welcomed by the hospital as it provides for an even wider–reaching review of the many complex factors that influence the SHMI across the Tameside and Glossop Health Economy. The vast and sustained improvement achieved in our HSMR indicates that addressing the SHMI requires a multi-agency approach, including the local Clinical Commissioning Group and Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council.

“Over recent years the hospital has undertaken an extensive quality improvement programme, which has seen significant quality gains across a wide range of other clinical indicators including hospital infections, falls, deep vein thrombosis screening and pressure ulcers.

“The 2012 NHS Staff Survey, Friends and Family Indicator, has identified asignificant improvement in the number of people recommending Tameside Hospital for treatment and care.”

– Christine Green, Chief Executive of Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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