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Sir Bruce Keogh told ITV News that hospital chiefs who are "not perfectly suited" to their roles could be "replaced" as a result of a leadership assessment.
Emma Jones, the lawyer who represented 120 victims at Stafford Hospital and who is currently investigating 84 potential claims of abuse across nine of the 14 trusts including the daughter of a patient at Basildon Hospital, said:
The daughter of an 82-year-old woman who died in Basildon Hospital said she can not erase from her mind the image of "raw bits of meat" hanging from her mother's legs.
Joan Betts, from Essex, died after contracting septicaemia due to her ulcerated legs not being treated properly, according to her daughter Tina Tyler who believes her mother was "put to death". Mrs Tyler said:
Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital, one of the trusts heavily criticised in Sir Bruce Keogh's NHS review, said it "welcomes the findings" of the report.
In a statement, trust chief executive Clare Panniker said: "We take very seriously the areas identified as needing urgent and further action and are addressing them as a priority."
Trust chairman Ian Luder added: “We are absolutely committed to ensuring that we learn from the Keogh process, and to delivering long term solutions to issues and not short term quick fixes."
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:
ITV London's Rags Martel has reported that Basildon and Thurrock Hospital Trust was considered the "worst" out 14 trusts that had "fundamental breaches of care", a new report revealed today.
Postmortem examinations have found that a patient died of acute heart failure after being treated at Basildon Hospital Trust. The trust has said it is sorry that Philip Harvey's family is unhappy with the care he received.
A spokesperson said:
Lynn Harvey's husband Phil died in October 2010 following complications from a triple heart bypass operation in September 2009 at Basildon Hospital's cardio unit.
Mrs Harvey claims that her husband caught an infection in his leg following the operation, and has criticised the treatment he received as being blase and hampered by unneccessary delay.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt today told the Commons which 11 hospital trusts are to be put in special measures and why.
Mr Hunt said "fundamental breaches of care" uncovered in the Keogh Review had led to these steps being taken. Mr Hunt said:
The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that 11 of 14 NHS Trusts investigated over higher than expected will be placed into “special measures”, this means:
- Each hospital will be required to implement the recommendations of the Keogh review, with external teams sent in to help them do this. Their progress will be tracked and made public
- The Trust Development Authority or Monitor will assess the quality of leadership at each hospital, requiring the removal of any senior managers unable to lead the improvements required.
- Each hospital will be partnered with high-performing NHS organisations to provide mentorship and guidance in improving the quality and safety of care.
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The Health Secretary is set to send "hit squads" to 10 failing hospital trusts, where thousands of people could have needlessly died.