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Two consecutive years of higher than expected deaths

The investigation was prompted to look into Basildon Hospital after two consecutive years of higher than expected deaths. According to NHS statistics, which also take into account patients who died within 30 days of being discharged:

  • Between July 2010 and June 2011 there were 263 more deaths than the 1658 expected.

  • Between July 2011 and June 2012 there were 244 more than the projected 1699.

Trust "absolutely committed" to improving mortality outcomes

The hospital "fully supports" the review

The latest statement from the Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation reads:

The Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is absolutely committed to continuing to improve its mortality outcomes.

There is a dedicated group of clinicians, including those external to the Trust, who meet every fortnight to discuss, understand and act on specific diagnostic groups where Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio/Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator indicators are higher than anticipated...

...and to deliver a Trust-wide mortality reduction programme. Mortality is the first quality indicator discussed on the agenda at each Trust Board meeting.

In addition, all hospital deaths are reviewed to identify any lessons that can be learned about the care given.

Clare Panniker, Chief Executive, said:

“We will fully support the review by Sir Bruce Keogh and believe it can only further support our work in this area.

A great deal of work has already taken place, and more is underway to achieve consistently high standards of care, including the introduction of a Trust-wide Quality and Safety turnaround programme.

This is looking at all areas of patient quality and safety, to ensure everyone who comes here receives high quality care and does not come to any harm.

Clearly some of these changes, alongside improvements we are making to how we communicate and listen to staff, will take time. However, we are working hard and are committed to making Basildon Hospital worthy of the local community it serves.

We are working closely with external stakeholders, including regulators, to achieve our aspirations.”

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Team will have access to all areas

The investigation team is made up of medical and management professionals as well as patient representatives who will have access to all areas of the hospital.

Tonight the review team will meet patients who will have their chance to give their feedback on their good and bad experiences at the hospital.

Our reporter Ria Chatterjee is at the hospital and spoke with the investigation panel chairman David Levy earlier.

Team will be on wards any time of day or night

During their rapid response review the external team will talk to staff, patients and families, as well as members of the public. Everyone will be encouraged to provide frank and honest opinions about the quality of care and treatment provided to patients.

The review aims to discover whether there are any sustained failings in the quality of care and treatment being provided. It will also examine the Trusts plans to improve the care it delivers to patients.

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'It will take time to restore patient faith' says inspection boss

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Dr David Levy, leading inspection team for Basildon Hospital as part of Keogh Review, tells me it will take time to restore patient faith...

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Visit to last two days

A medical team is visiting Basildon University Hospital today Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Earlier this year, the Prime Minister asked Professor Sir Bruce Keogh - the Medical Director of NHS England - to review the quality of care and treatment provided by 14 NHS hospitals that have shown higher than expected mortality ratios over the past two years.

Basildon is one of those hospitals.

The review aims to discover whether there are any sustained failings in the quality of care and treatment being provided. It will also examine the Trusts plans to improve the care it delivers to patients.

The review followed the publication of the Francis Report into Mid-Staffordshire Hospitals.

That report concluded that "patients were routinely neglected by a Trust that was preoccupied with cost cutting, targets and processes and which lost sight of its fundamental responsibility to provide safe care."

The visit to Basildon Hospital is expected to last 2 days. Professor Keogh will report on his findings by the summer.

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